Middle School Principal Announces Early Retirement

On Friday afternoon Michael Carbone told students and staff that he would be retiring early.

On Friday afternoon principal notified students and faculty of his decision to retire early.

Kickemuit Middle School principal Michael Carbone originally planned to finish out the school year and retire next June, but after another opportunity presented itself, Carbone told students and faculty that his retirement would come much earlier than expected.

Superintendent Melinda Thies said that she could not release too much information about Carbone's change but that she and Carbone had discussed his decision to pursue an opportunity in the private sector last Wednesday.

"It was a little bit of a surprise to me as well," Thies said. "But I don't want to say too much because I have not yet received a formal letter from him or the official change in date."

Thies said that as the sole principal of the middle school for the last 18 years, Carbone is "incredibly devoted to the school community."

Though his official retirement date has not been released at this point, Thies said that there is a plan in place for Carbone's job transition.

Lynn Wainwright October 14, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Thanks for making a difference, Mr. Carbone.
DSilva October 14, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Can't help nut notice all the recent retirements around the state. I would think it has a lot to do with the pension issue.
Vicky White October 14, 2011 at 09:45 PM
HUGE loss mid year, and for that school entirely! But lucky is the private sector enterprise that will gain Principal Carbone's many talents and vast network!!!
Esther Trneny October 14, 2011 at 10:15 PM
I went to collect my son early from school for a dental appointment, and a message came into the front office of Kickemuit Middle School at 1.50pm for everyone to turn on their television screens. Mr Carbone began by making some announcements about upcoming events. The he told the staff and students how much he respected them, and wanted to be truthful to them about his intentions. That's when he said he would be leaving on November 18th, but would see them after that, not as their principal, but as their friend. There were about 10 staff members in the front office who were watching. When he was done speaking, spontaneous applause (in support of him) started, and several of the watchers were crying. Carbone himself sounded choked up when he talked about how much he would miss everyone. Myself and another parent in the office were also very moved by the announcement. While I suspect that Mr Carbone's decision to leave mid-year may not have been one entirely of his own making, I can't help but applaud his courage to share the news with his staff and students himself, rather than waiting for an official announcement from the school department. You have done a great job, Mr Carbone, and you will be sorely missed! I wish you well in your new endeavors.
Erin Asciola October 15, 2011 at 11:06 PM
Mr. Carbone was a treasure to this community and will be greatly missed. This family wishes him all the best in his future endeavors.
N. Diane Davis October 16, 2011 at 02:51 AM
Having heard the rumor as to where Mr. Carbone will be heading, I can only say that I am thrilled. The new youngsters under his watch are the luckiest children around and I am fortunate that one of them is one of my grandchildren. Good luck Mike, and continue your good work in caring for our kids.


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