MANCHESTER >> Manchester Elementary Middle School principal Tom Quinn has resigned after just one year at the school.
Quinn earlier this week informed the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union administration that he was resigning from his position "for personal reasons." Incoming superintendent Jackie Wilson, who was herself principal of the school until 2011, said that no further information had been given. She said his announcement came as a surprise. Quinn will be on paid leave through the rest of the summer and his resignation will take effect on August 31, 2016.
Quinn was hired by the school board almost exactly a year ago, on June 6, 2015, to replace outgoing principal Sarah Merrill. He was signed to a two-year contract, with a salary of $100,000 per year, and started in the position officially on July 1.
"On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Mr. Quinn for his service to the school and our community," said Mark Kaplan, interim chairman of the Manchester School Board, "The Board will begin a search immediately to find an interim principal to fill in until a permanent replacement can be hired."
Wilson said that the hope was that an interim candidate, who will serve as principal throughout the 2016-2017 school year, will be hired by Aug. 1. The board can them begin a formal search process in the fall. As assistant superintendent, she worked with Quinn frequently, and said, "I found him very easy to work with. He was always looking out for the best interests of the students."
Before becoming principal at MEMS, Quinn was most recently Headmaster of Commonwealth Parkville in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has also taught in Kuwait, Argentina and Venezuela. He served as the Superintendent of Schools for a K-8 district in East Hampton, N.Y for seven years.
At the time of the hiring, superintendent Dan French said, "We're fortunate to have such an educational leader."
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.