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SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
CHRIS RATH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
On September 26th, Superintendent of Schools Chris Rath announced that she will retire from the Superintendent’s job at the end of this school year. Following is the letter Chris wrote to Clint Cogswell, President of the Concord School Board. The School Board will discuss in coming weeks the process they will use to search for and select a new superintendent.
Twenty-nine years ago today, I was breaking in as a new principal at Rundlett Junior High School under the patient tutelage of Assistant Superintendent Bob Silva. That year, 1985, saw Ronald Reagan sworn in for a second term as President of the United States, Michael Jordan named Rookie of the Year, and Christa McAuliffe selected as the first school teacher to go into space.
In these 29 years a lot has changed. Concord High School is now a four-year high school and Rundlett Junior High School is Rundlett Middle School. We have three new elementary schools with cutting edge facilities. We have commons, clusters and consolidation; competencies, data retreats, and curriculum institutes.
While our buildings and systems have changed with the times, what has not changed in these 29 years is the strength of our community and the people in it. None of these changes would have been possible without visionary and courageous School Board members and the many talented and dedicated educators and support staff in and around our schools.
I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve this community in a number of different capacities - as a principal, a district leader and for the past 14 year as Superintendent of Schools, as a community member and as a parent and the beneficiary of the best that Concord has to offer. I have loved each job and the honor Concord has given me by allowing me to learn and grow with the district and community is a gift I will treasure forever. Now it is time to conclude this phase of my career. With your approval, I will conclude my service as your Superintendent of Schools on June 30, 2015.
In the meantime we still have much to accomplish in the coming year. My hopes are that we will reach a fair settlement with each of the labor groups with whom we will negotiate successor agreements this year maintaining the respectful and positive process the Board has established in recent years. We will continue to work cooperatively with the teachers association to put a new evaluation system in place.
We will continue to upgrade our technology infrastructure and put the policies and procedures in place that enable our staff and students to be skillful users of technology as tools for learning. We will continue to focus our improvement on district improvement goals – ensuring access for all children and achieving better coordination of instruction. We will expand our new writing curriculum to grade six and integrate new math units to align with the Common Core State Standards. We will continue to refine our use of assessments and to use the results of those assessments to make thoughtful changes to our instructional practices and programs. We will prepare for the first administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring.
I also assure you that I will do whatever I can to help make a smooth transition in the Superintendency. The individual the School Board chooses to be the next Superintendent of Schools for Concord will enjoy the support of an extraordinary district leadership team.
I thank you, Clint, for your personal guidance, support and friendship for these 29 years and I look forward to seeing the district continue to flourish under your leadership.
Christine C. Rath
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