The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 14, 2001


Carlisle school superintendent Fox-Melanson to retire in 2004

Carlisle school superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson has announced her intent to retire in the year 2004. "Even contemplating it I choke up," she said, "but I am in my tenth year and it is the right time for me and will give me a chance to help look for the next person." School committee chair Suzanne Whitney Smith accepted her notification, "publicly, with regret."

Fox-Melanson first came to Carlisle in September 1991 as the assistant principal/superintendent. At that time school committee chair Tim Hult commented that the committee was impressed with her "practical leadership, energy and commitment." Upon being welcomed to the Carlisle school community she spoke about the "important C words, compassion, caring, communication and curriculum". She also emphasized the "importance of a safe school climate and environment, home and school cooperation, high expectations and a collaborative process as being vital elements of an effective school."

She accepted the superintendent-principal's position in the fall of 1992, after the completion of the contract of the previous superintendent Dr. Vincent Simone.

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