A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Families and Community Members,

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the superintendent of schools for the Ralph C. Mahar Regional and School Union 73 District. We welcome you to our superintendency union, which serves four local communities of Orange, Petersham, New Salem, and Wendell, Massachusetts.

Our work is focused on understanding every child's strengths and challenges, personalizing their learning for lifelong success. Our staff is dedicated to meeting students’ academic, social, and emotional learning. We encourage open and honest communication between the schools and our families, always keeping what is in every student's best interest at the center of decision-making. 

As a school union, we value the personal relationships between students, their families, the schools, and the community. Many school-based experiences bring families into the learning experience, and others bring families and staff together to create a stronger community.

I invite you to explore our website to find out more about our remarkable school districts. All three districts in our superintendency union accept school choice students based on available seats. If you are interested in applying for an open seat, please complete the School Choice Application.


Dr. Elizabeth Zielinski

Dr. Elizabeth Zielinski, Superintendent of Schools