Friday, January 12, 2007
CCHS principal Dulong to retire
Superintendent Brenda Finn announced last week that Concord-Carlisle High School Principal Art Dulong will retire at the end of June. Reached after the meeting, Dulong was asked if he was old enough to retire. He emphatically replied, "Yes! . . . Since the end of last year, I've been ready to retire."
There was no individual challenge that has prompted his decision. "It was a personal choice," Dulong said. "I am evaluating where I am in life. I want to give myself some time for other opportunities." He does not have another job lined up.
When asked about his best accomplishments, Dulong said, "I'm quite pleased to have maintained our programs for students and expanded them a little bit. Most of my time here has been budgetarily difficult."
Dulong arrived at CCHS in 2001, about the same time the state's economy slowed and school districts had to deal with significant decreases in state aid. "We restructured our math program to include advanced placement statistics and an entry-level algebra course . . . We expanded our Chinese program and revamped our curriculum in foreign languages. We added a new English course called 'World Culture.' If you look at any one of the departments, we have opened up additional opportunities for students . . . There's been lots of juggling along the way."
Dulong praised his teachers. "They are very collaborative, collegial and cooperative." He added that the teachers and students work together, building a great environment for learning. "I'm very proud of our school." He said, "I have hired a lot of teachers, 60% of the teachers are new since I came in 2001." He added, "The focus has always been on students."
Dulong will be missed by the faculty. Finn said they received his announcement with silence and later gave him a sustained ovation.
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