October 5, 2023
Burlington Excessive Faculty principal to go away for brand spanking new job
Burlington Excessive Faculty principal to go away for brand spanking new job
Lauren McBride. Courtesy of Burlington Excessive Faculty

Up to date at 5:13 p.m.

Burlington Excessive Faculty Principal Lauren McBride has introduced her resignation, in line with an e mail Superintendent Tom Flanagan despatched to households, workers and college students on Tuesday.

McBride will step down in January, Flanagan stated. 

“Whereas I’m saddened by this information, I perceive that she has been introduced with a chance that she feels she should pursue,” the superintendent stated within the e mail.

Russell Elek, a spokesperson for the Burlington Faculty District, stated on Wednesday that McBride, who was not instantly out there for remark, “is shifting to the enterprise world and has taken a management place in a neighborhood firm.”

Flanagan stated the district will identify an appearing principal who will serve for the rest of the college 12 months whereas it conducts a nationwide seek for McBride’s everlasting alternative. 

“We’ve a couple of nice individuals who could also be involved in main BHS for the rest of the 12 months and I anticipate we can have an replace on the appearing principal earlier than the winter break,” Flanagan stated. 

McBride grew to become the everlasting principal in Could 2021 after holding the job on an interim foundation following the sudden resignation of Noel Inexperienced in January 2021.

Flanagan acknowledged the excessive turnover amongst principals at the highschool over the previous two years and stated he hopes to deal with that within the upcoming search.

“We need to make it possible for the principal position is sustainable,” Flanagan stated. “And one the place principals may be in that position for an extended time frame in order that they’ll form of see the work by means of.”

A former principal himself, Flanagan described it as “the toughest job I’ve ever had” and stated he thought it was a nationwide pattern that extra principals are leaving jobs, pointing to the impacts of the pandemic as one main issue.

Flanagan counseled McBride’s management throughout a time when college students needed to adapt to taking courses within the former Macy’s division retailer downtown following the closure of the Institute Highway campus because of contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

“She has navigated the highschool by means of actually difficult occasions as we moved out of the highschool and moved into Macy’s,” Flanagan stated. “And he or she kind of navigated the pandemic all through all that. I simply cannot say sufficient about how good of a job Lauren has executed.”

Because the district works to start development on the brand new highschool, Flanagan stated McBride performed a job within the planning for the $190 million mission.

“Her willingness to steer from a spot of humility and to be student-centered in decision-making has been an incredible useful resource for our highschool and district, and her management can be missed,” Flanagan stated.

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