Friday, January 11, 2008
Superintendent Brenda Finn to retire
On January 8, Dr. Brenda Finn announced her retirement as Superintendent of both the K-8 Concord School system and the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS), to take effect at the end of August. She made the announcement to the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC). Finn has been CCHS Superintendent since July, 2003. RSC Chair Michael Fitzgerald said, "She's going to be sorely missed."
Finn later spoke with the Mosquito about her reflections at age 60, "If you have the opportunity to retire, why not — to exercise flexibility and to discover new things about yourself?" In a letter to teachers she wrote, "We are all given a finite time on this earth," and continued, "The time has come for me to force myself to learn in new ways, to continue to be relevant, to spend more time with those most dear, to take care of my physical being." Finn stressed that she loves working and plans to always work in some capacity, though" I have no idea what that might be at this time." She added, "I have truly loved coming to work every day."
During her performance evaluation last fall, the RSC praised her highly and gave her a 5.3% compensation increase. Their evaluation letter cited recent accomplishments, including: overseeing new teacher contracts, hiring new CCHS principal Peter Badalament, new athletic fields at the high school, as well as her work on the school budgets.
Finn praised the CCHS teachers, administrators, the RSC and the communities and said, "The good work of the school will continue because of these."
In their press release regarding her retirement, the RSC states, "We owe Dr. Finn a great deal of gratitude for the high caliber of her work." During his18 years in public service Fitzgerald has observed six superintendents at the Carlisle and Concord-Carlisle School Districts, and he said, "I'd have to put her at the top of the list."
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