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2019-05-15 / Academics

Roxbury Superintendent Tom O’Brien To Retire In 2020

By Rosie Cunningham


Thomas O’Brien, the Roxbury Central School superintendent, is set to retire in January of 2020. Contributed Photo Thomas O’Brien, the Roxbury Central School superintendent, is set to retire in January of 2020. Contributed Photo ROXBURY - After 17.5 years as superintendent for Roxbury Central School (RCS), Thomas O’Brien will retire officially on Jan. 22, 2020.

O’Brien has been a Roxbury resident since his date of hire. He and his wife Laura will continue to run their boutique farm and raise their own food and hopefully, expand it to where they can sell some of what is raised.

O’Brien’s three children each graduated from RCS. He said when the January date comes, he will walk away with many fond memories of interacting with the students.

“One of the greatest feelings of satisfaction is to run into an alum and have the opportunity to reminisce,” he said. “I have hired more then half of the employees presently employed and have many parents that were once students.”

Under O’Brien’s leadership, the majority of the RCS roof was replaced and renovations to the internal and exterior of the school were completed. He said his greatest memory beyond student interactions is the night he manned a pump in the school in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The 55-year-old will continue to work full-time as a ski patroller at Belleayre Mountain where he has patrolled for more than 25 years.

“From there, we will see how the winds blow,” he said.

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