Global Learning Charter Public School Announce Stephen J. Furtado Jr., as New Executive Director

Stephen J. Furtado Jr. will take over role of Executive Director as of July 1,2024
Stephen Furtado Jr
Stephen Furtado Jr
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - Jan. 8, 2024 - PRLog -- The Global Learning Charter Public School (GLCPS), a tuition-free public charter school that currently services 500 students in grades 5-12, today announces that Stephen J. Furtado, Jr. has been named the school's newest executive director, effective July 1, 2024.

Furtado, Jr. replaces Dr. Stephen J. Furtado, Sr., who announced his planned retirement last year, and will complete his 15-year tenure as of June 30, 2024.  The search for Furtado's replacement was conducted by the GLCPS Board of Trustees.

Furtado, Jr. currently serves as the school's director of business and finance, a position he has held for the last 12 years.  During this time, highlights of his accomplishments include realizing over $4.7 million in combined end-of-year surplus funding, the renovation of the new, state-of-the-art Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for STEAM Education, and a five-year "Low Risk" rating average on the Massachusetts Charter School Financial Dashboard.

"Over his tenure, Steve has been a vital contributor to the achievements of the Global Learning Charter Public School," said Marc Clerc, chair of the GLCPS Board of Trustees.  "We can think of no one better to further foster the school's reputation for educational excellence and community engagement."

Furtado, Jr. came to Global Learning Charter Public School in 2010, starting as the school's assistant to the director of business.  Prior to joining GLCPS, Furtado, Jr. served as a program director at YMCA South Coast Camp Massasoit.

Furtado, Jr. earned his MBA in organizational leadership and Bachelor of Science in accounting from UMass Dartmouth.  He holds an initial license for superintendent/assistant superintendent and a professional license for school business administrator, both issued by the Massachusetts Department of Education.  He is also a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official by the Office of the Inspector General.

"I am honored to be chosen for this role," said Furtado, Jr.  "I am so appreciative of the confidence and support I have received from the GLCPS community, and I look forward to working with faculty, staff, and friends to build on the legacy of my predecessor, achieving even greater heights for our school together."

Open to New Bedford residents, Global Learning Charter Public School is a tuition-free public school that serves students in grades 5-12. GLCPS offers a small, personalized learning environment in which students are encouraged to realize their full potential, both academically and personally.

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