The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 25, 2002


Mavragis cites diminished 'quality of life'

On Tuesday evening, at a joint meeting of the Concord Public School Committee and the Regional School Committee Superindent Ed Mavragis made a brief statement of resignation to a very still and quiet room. No one there was surprised at the news, but many were puzzled as to the reasons behind this sudden change after only three years in the job.

In his statement, Mavragis explained, ". . . I really need time to step back and examine other possibilities that may come my way." The superindent's "quality of life," or QL as
Ed Mavragis (Photo by Midge Eliassen)
he calls it, was, in his view diminishing and he feels that now is the time to "step back and see if there is another way that I can invest the time I have left in my career." He pointed out that in the three years he has been in Concord he has assembled a very strong staff, both in the administration and faculty, at all levels throughout the district. He reiterated that tendering this resignation was very difficult and that he has been blessed to work with so many people from so many areas of the community. He expressed his appreciation and respect for their support.

In a follow-up conversation the superintendent reflected on some of the highlights of his tenure: early literacy initiatives, expanded special education services aimed at keeping children at home with their families, and strengthened math curriculum at both the high school and K-8 level. Mavragis noted that he feels that in his time here he was able to "substantially open communication to segments of the community who felt they had not been listened to, such as those on fixed incomes, seniors and those struggling to maintain their residency in town."

The joint committees voted to accept his resignation, with several members expressing regret. Asked about his plans for the future, Mavragis noted that he still has five months of very hard work ahead of him, but he knows that "this major life change will not be hard to face on July first; it's September 1 I'm worried about. It will be the first time in 13 years that I will not be giving an opening day speech." As ex-superintendent, he plans to return to his much neglected writing and some travel. He knows whatever he ends up doing, "it will be doing something that relates to kids. Kids need advocates."

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito