In a statement issued by the board, chairman Patrick Halladay describes Phillips as a "quiet but confident leader" who is well-respected by teachers and administrators.
"Having been curriculum director, Stephanie is uniquely positioned to prepare the district for successful implementation of the new federal common core standards this fall.”
Phillips has also taught and been an assistant principal at the Burlington High School in the past, according to the board's press release. She received a Masters in Education from St. Michael's College and has attended the Vermont Superintendent Leadership Academy, a training led by the the Vermont Superintendents Association.
A superintendent search committee plans to recommend that the full board appoint Phillips as the interim superintendent next month. The district's legal counsel, Joseph McNeil, explained that this recommendation is contingent on approval by the Vermont Secretary of Education. Phillips must also clear certain regulatory hurdles, including a criminal background check.
The board is also looking for a replacement for its finance director, David Larcombe, who resigned effective June 30.