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Lori O’Connor resigns from McPolin

Frank Fisher, of the Record staff

Principal Lori O’Connor revealed Friday that she will be leaving McPolin Elementary School, effective June 30.

"These are challenging times in education," O’Connor said. "A leader knows when it’s time to go to allow someone else to bring fresh ideas and new vision to a staff. It’s time for me to be passing the torch."

O Connor said she turned in her letter of resignation to the district Tuesday morning and informed her staff of her decision on Wednesday.

She chose her words carefully and thoughtfully as she discussed her decision to leave the school. She hopes by resigning now, the district will have time to search for a strong replacement during the remainder of the year.

"This is a leap of faith," she said, adding "I’m considering any opportunity that comes my way, preferably something in education."

My hope to bring in a leader who has a vision of excellence and the heart for developing the whole child, at the same time developing a level of excellence in the whole staff, with a high level of respect and appreciation for all types of diversity."

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O’Connor said she has bittersweet feelings, but has great appreciation for all those she worked with.

"I have great gratitude to the teachers, and for the joy the children have brought. I want to give special thanks to the extremely supportive McPolin community."

O’Connor has been the McPolin principal for four years, and is married to Treasure Mountain International School principal Bob O’Connor. They have three children, Caitlin, Patrick and Brian.