FRYEBURG MAINE DISTRICT SCHOOL CHIEF RETIRING

by Christian Mower on January 15, 2013

AFTER MORE THAN FOUR DECADES AS AN EDUCATOR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE – THE HEAD OF MAINE’S SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT 72 – HEADQUARTERED IN FRYEBURG – IS RETIRING.

GARY MacDONALD – WHO SPENT THE LAST 31 YEARS OF HIS CAREER AS AN ADMINISTRATOR IN THE DISTRICT – THE LAST EIGHT AS SUPERINTENDENT – ANNOUNCED HIS DECISION IN DEC., 2012 LETTER TO THE SCHOOL BOARD TO STEP DOWN AT THE END OF JUNE, 2013.

MacDONALD STARTED AS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER IN BARTLETT, NEW HAMPSHIRE IN 1972 – AND LATER WORKED IN FREEDOM, NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR A YEAR AS A TEACHING PRINCIPAL BEFORE BEING HIRED AS A PRINCIPAL IN SAD 72.

HE SAYS HE APPRECIATES THE COMMITMENT AND PROFESSIONALISM OF THE EDUCATORS HE HAS WORKED WITH IN SAD 72 – AND “WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED LOTS THROUGH THE YEARS THAT HAS BENEFITTED STUDENTS.” HE SAYS “SEEING FORMER STUDENTS BE SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY IN THEIR WORK AND LIVES IS ONE OF THE GREATEST REWARDS FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE SPENT THEIR CAREERS IN EDUCATION.”

MacDONALD SAYS HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY DEFINITE PLANS AFTER RETIREMENT EXCEPT HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING THE FLEXIBILITY TO EXPLORE NEW THINGS, DO THE ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS – AND SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY.

A SEARCH HAS BEGUN FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT, WHO WILL TAKE OVER JULY 1, 2013.

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