Patterson Mill Middle/High School Principal Wayne Thibeault on Monday announced plans to retire at the end of the school year.
In an e-mail to parents, Thibeault said that after a 41-year career, he planned to pursue “other academic opportunities” in retirement and spend more time with family. Thibeault is the third Harford County Public School administrator in the past week to announce his departure from the school system.
On Feb. 4, Superintendent Robert Tomback said that he planned to leave at the end of June when his contract expires to “pursue other opportunities.” The announcement came on the heels of a deadline for Tomback to notify the Harford County Board of Education whether he would seek reappointment to another four-year term. The following day, February 5th, Associate Superintendent Bill Lawrence, Tomback’s second-in-command on instructional matters, announced that he planned to resign, also effective at the end of June.
Wayne Thibeault has been the principal at Patterson Mill since the combined middle and high school opened in 2007. Like Tomback and Lawrence, Thibeault spent much of his career in Baltimore County Public Schools.
Thibeault’s successor will be determined before July 1, based on a recommendation from Superintendent Tomback, according to a process outlined by Teri Kranefeld, HCPS manager of communications.
“Candidates are screened and interviewed,” Kranefeld said. “Successful candidates would be placed into a principal pool typically in the spring. Certificated positions must go before the Board for approval. The Superintendent would make a recommendation to the Board for appointment or promotion to fill any principal vacancies. This process would take place before July 1.”
Below is Thibeault’s announcement, sent to parents via email on Monday:
Dear Members of the Patterson Mill Community of Learners,
I have decided to retire after forty-one years of service to the students and faculties of the Baltimore County and Harford County Public School systems. In my retirement I plan on pursuing other academic opportunities, and to enjoy more time with my family.
Patterson Mill will always hold a fond place in my heart. You are a truly wonderful community, and with your assistance we have built a stellar school.
I will continue to proudly serve as the Principal of Patterson Mill Middle/High School until June 30, 2013, and I hope to see many of you between now and then in order to express my deepest gratitude for all of your hard work and most importantly the gift of your children.
Yours for youth,
Wayne D. Thibeault
Patterson Mill Middle/High School