Friday, May 18, 2001
Departing CCHS Principal Elaine DiCicco feted
More than 300 current and former colleagues, faculty, staff, school committee members, school superintendents and Concord and Carlisle citizens turned out to honor CCHS principal Elaine DiCicco at a May 10 retirement dinner at the Westford Regency Hotel. DiCicco has served in the Concord and Concord-Carlisle regional school systems for 34 years as a teacher and administrator, the last 23 as high school principal.
Speakers at the dinner, including current and former regional district superintendents Ed Mavragis and Tom Scott, current regional school committee chair Lauren Walters and former CCHS history teacher Elliot Lilien variously described DiCicco as an educator, leader, disciplinarian, peacemaker, cheerleader and even a queen. Referring to the turbulent times just prior to her appointment as principal, Lilien credited her with "bringing order out of chaos" and noted that her strong leadership was responsible for major academic advancements at CCHS. Scott lauded the "student-centered environment" created by DiCicco, and her "incredible dedication and commitment." Mavragis suggested that her evenings, Saturdays and Sundays spent at high school meetings and events probably added five years to her term of service. Walters compared the retirement party to a family wedding, and urged the many former CCHS faculty and staffers present to enjoy the reunion as they honored DiCicco.
Among the gifts presented to DiCicco was a basket of painting supplies which she gratefully accepted in the hopes of resuming her interest in art, last pursued at the age of thirteen. In thanking the speakers and those who attended the party, she modestly redirected much of their praise toward the "wonderful faculty, staff and parents" of CCHS and the two towns. She recalled early memories of playing the role of teacher to her dolls and childhood friends, and said she grew up always wanting to be a teacher.
The regional school committee recently appointed Arthur Dulong, associate principal at Lexington High School, to replace DiCicco as principal of CCHS effective July 1.
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