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Associate Principal Resigns

by Willow Lanpher

After Superintendent Chaunce Benedict read Associate Principal Rita Quinn's letter of resignation to the school board Tuesday night, Quinn quietly got up and left the meeting.

"It has been with pride that I have served in this capacity," the letter dated March 24 read. The board immediately went into executive session.

Quinn would not comment further on the reason for her decision. "I think my letter says it," she said as she hurried from the building. This was Quinn's first year at the Danville School and her contract would've been up in June.

After an hour-long executive session, school directors voted unanimously to accept her resignation with regret and to extend a paid leave of absence to her until the end of the contract year. In a statement issued after the session, the board thanked her for her service to the Danville School.

"For personal and professional reasons (Quinn) has decided to resign her position effective immediately. The board respects her decision and wishes her well in her further pursuits," the statement read.

Chairman Alan Parker said he was not at liberty to add anything more than what was in the statement, including whether the board was surprised by the resignation. "I really can't say more," he said.

Superintendent Chaunce Benedict said he was not totally surprised by the resignation. He said Quinn just decided it was in her best interest to resign at this time.

"I really have appreciated working with Rita and I wish her well in her future," he said.

Principal Bob Johnson will pick up the duties formerly belonging to Quinn that are necessary for successful completion of the school year. The board will start looking for a replacement immediately.

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record

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