Mamaroneck Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried announced on Thursday, July 9 that he will be retiring at the end of the coming school year, effective June 30, 2010.
“He is eligible to retire from the system and is taking the opportunity,” said Linnet Tse, president of the Mamaroneck School Board.
Dr. Fried will be leaving at the end of his fifth year in Mamaroneck.
“We would have liked him to have stayed longer, so that some of the initiatives he put in place would have had a chance to take root,” said Ms. Tse. She listed, for example, the annual performance review that went into effect his year and “the whole goal-setting process that now includes all administrative and teaching staff.” (See: More Learning is Goal of New Teacher Evaluation Process and District Reaching Goals in Math & Literacy.
Ms. Tse was returning from vacation for an executive session of the board to continue planning the search for a new superintendent. Ms. Tse said she expected there to be multiple opportunities for community input through focus groups or surveys, as there were when Dr. Fried was selected in 2005. The superintendent was required by his contract to provide a full year’s notice of his intent to leave the district so there would be time for an orderly succession.
Dr. Fried is retiring from the New York public school system after 38 years, but he plans to stay involved in education in some capacity. He came to Mamaroneck after 19 years in the Ossining School District. His last post was as Ossining assistant superintendent for elementary education and human resources. He began his career as an elementary school teacher and spent many years as an elementary school principal.
Dr. Fried said he was committed to working hard in his final year on behalf of the district and with the board to ensure a smooth transition. He praised Mamaroneck, calling it “one of the premier school districts in Westchester.”
Ms. Tse had similar praise for Dr. Fried, citing his openness to “listening to anybody and everything.” She said, “His unwavering focus on ‘children first,’ his open, honest style and consistently high expectations have resulted in a real change in the culture of our organization.”