Today was my last actual physical day in DUSD. My contract expires June 30 and I will continue to be the Superintendent until then. I am taking the remaining days off as we have a family event in Alabama next week.
This week I have met with each of the District Office employees to thank them and to tell them how much I have appreciated working with such great people. There were many hugs and some tears and it was so hard. I love these people and that is why I have stayed until the very end despite the extreme difficulties that a few people have imposed. Because of these wonderful people, I have made sure that I have finished and finished strong.
I can't remember when I have had any extended time off. I think it was when I was still a teacher. Yes, I have had vacations, but it is hard to explain that there really is never down time. Many weeks over the 26 years I have been an administrator, I had my 40 hours in by Wednesday morning. So many night activities are part of this job. I never had a regular lunch hour and most days worked through lunch, especially as a principal. As an administrator, you are always on call. As a Superintendent, that responsibility is even more all encompassing.
The fact that I don't have to get up and go to work ever again, sounds good right now. But it is almost too good to believe. And I know that in a few weeks, I will probably feel very differently. But I am going to take these next few weeks to rest.
This past week, I have had four phone calls from different people about possible jobs. And they called me, which is great. Despite some of the difficulties here, I have made a lot of contacts and have established a very good reputation. As a matter of fact, the very "fact" that I have stayed and held my head up high has actually enhanced my credentials. And I have heard that is because of the lack of credibility of the people who make the attacks. So that is a good thing.
After some rest, I know I will be anxious to see what the next phase of my life might bring. I know that whatever it is, it will be just as great as the past 44 years.
What an incredible and amazing career I have had! I have been so touched by the comments made by so many people down here !! I will always value these past five years so much!!!