Milton School Committee issues statement regarding Superintendent Mary Gormley’s retirement

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Milton School Committee issues statement regarding Superintendent Mary Gormley’s retirement

The following statement was issued by Sheila Egan Varela, Chair of the Milton School Committee, on August 22, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Milton Public Schools Staff:

On Friday morning August 21, 2020, Mary Gormley informed me that she would be retiring from her position of Superintendent of Milton Public Schools, effective August 24, 2020. She explained to me that a family emergency had caused her to make this difficult decision.

As you can imagine, this news was unexpected and a bit unsettling to hear. We wish her and her family solace during this time. Although this announcement may make parents and guardians of our Milton Public School students feel anxious about where we go next, I want to assure you that the School Committee will address the appointment of an interim Superintendent of Schools at our August 26, 2020 meeting.

Due to the health and racial pandemics our district is currently facing, we want this interim position filled as soon as possible. In the meantime, please be assured that Assistant Superintendents Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Dr. Karen Spaulding, our principals and administrators are a stellar group of leaders who have the best interests of the Milton Public Schools at heart. They —along with our teachers— are more than capable of moving the district forward during these difficult times.

On behalf of the School Committee, we want to thank Superintendent Gormley for her 46 years of outstanding service to the Milton Public Schools as a teacher, principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent. There are very few individuals who have given their heart and soul to educating thousands of children in their own hometown. Mary Gormley is one of those people. Her impact on our educational system will never be forgotten.

We wish her comfort, love, and peace in her retirement.

Sheila Egan Varela
Chair, Milton School Committee

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