In this season of thankfulness, “gratitude” was the word Superintendent of Schools Robert Pritchard, Ed.D. had in mind as he visited South Orangetown schools to bid an official farewell this morning.
Through songs, certificates, fist bumps, parades and clap outs, Pritchard was presented with expressions of heartfelt appreciation from students, staff and administrators for his seven-and-a-half years of leadership in the District. Along the way, he received thoughtful tokens to remind him of our schools: a WOS legacy rock and lifetime visitors pass, posters bearing photos of Dr. Pritchard memories at CLE, a SOMS string bag packed with retirement supplies and memorable performances by TZHS orchestra, band and choral ensembles.
The school tour culminated with a surprise lunch hosted by Central Office administrators and staff to celebrate Pritchard’s contributions and congratulate him on his upcoming retirement.
Throughout the morning, Pritchard was accompanied by Board of Education President Dana Stilley, Ph.D., as well as Board members Steven Finn, Steven Peña and David Sansone. “We really wanted you to know that you have made such a significant difference in the lives of our students and families over the past seven-and-a-half years and to thank you,” Stilley said. “We hope that you embrace this next step of your life and wish you the best.”
Although Pritchard will retire on December 31, the Board anticipates naming an interim superintendent in early December to serve from January 1 through June 30, 2023 as the search for a new superintendent proceeds. Detailed information regarding the superintendent search is posted at www.socsd.org/superintendent-search.
“I am thankful for having had the opportunity to serve the South Orangetown community. It is a community that has supported and inspired its young learners to be their very best,” Pritchard reflected. “I will greatly miss the many people with whom I have shared this journey. I am forever grateful.”
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