Aberdeen High School Principal Tom Szerensits sent the following letter home with students on Friday, April 29, 2011. The Dagger obtained a copy for publication.
Dear School Community:
This letter is to inform you that I will not be returning to Aberdeen High School next year as principal. I also need you to understand that this has not been my decision.
On April 20, 2011, Dr. Tomback called me into his office and stated that he felt Aberdeen High School needed to move in a new direction and that he would be bringing in a new principal to take my place. I was told that I would be re-assigned to a different position in Harford County, but not as a principal. In the course of ten minutes, I was not only dismissed, I was demoted. Obviously, I am having difficulty understanding the superintendent’s decision. His decision has very nearly crushed my spirit.
I love Aberdeen High School. I always have and I always will.I believe I have been an effective leader for Aberdeen High School, and when I see all of the successes your children have achieved and continue to achieve, I am convinced that I have always done the right thing in terms of representing Aberdeen High School. Knowing that I have never done anything unethical or negligent in terms of Aberdeen High School, I am having great difficultly in coming to terms with the superintendent’s decision.
I had mistakenly hoped that I would end my career as an Aberdeen Eagle. I simply can’t put into words my appreciation for how much support you have shown me and Aberdeen High School for the past nine years. You are an incredible school community.
Please know that I will not be leaving Aberdeen High School by my own choice. If I do choose to accept a re-assignment or to retire, Aberdeen High School will always remain close to my heart. I believe that I have served you effectively as the principal of Aberdeen High School. I know in my heart that everything I have ever done, I did in the belief that my decisions were in the best interests of the students of Aberdeen High.
It has been a deep honor to serve you as the principal of Aberdeen High School. I truly am as proud of your children as you are, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together. Eagle P.R.I.D.E.
Mr. T. Szerensits