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WHS Principal Don Macrino Announces Retirement

However, He Will Still Stay On One More Year

At their meeting Thursday night, the Board of Education accepted Waterford High School Principal Don Macrino’s retirement, although moved to keep him as principal for another year.

Macrino has qualified for his full retirement benefit, which pays him 75 percent of the average of his last three years' salary, and will retire and begin to collect that benefit, according to Superintendent Jerome Belair and Macrino’s contract. But since the position has been designated an area of shortage by the Department of Education, Macrino will be hired by Waterford at his expected salary for next year, according to a press release by Belair.

“Don needs to take advantage of his retirement,” Belair said. Belair added in the press release that he still wanted Macrino as principal of Waterford High School for next year , and students will move into the new section in April 2013.

“It became clear to me that the Waterford High School renovation project is in a critical stage and the transition to the new school will benefit from Don at the helm,” Belair said in the press release. “The staff, students and parents have come to depend on him and have benefited from his leadership throughout the years.”

“It is my desire to have (Macrino) facilitate the move and lead our high school students and staff into the new Waterford High School,” Belair said. “Waterford needs him next year.”

Hiring A New Principal

Macrino has been in education for 39 years, has been in the Waterford School District for 19 years and has been the principal of Waterford High School for 16 years. He will stay on for all of next year, Belair said.

This will give Waterford plenty of time to search for a replacement for Macrino for the following year, Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen McCarty said. Belair said he hopes to have somebody hired and on-board while Macrino is still around, so Macrino can help with the transition.

“The optimal time of year to initiate an administrative search is in the late fall and early winter,” McCarty said in a press release. “It is important that we attract the very best instructional leader to succeed (Macrino).”

Daniella Ruiz June 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
i'm not quite sure what benefit the town gains by allowing him to retire. the taxpayers stand to lose both ways, his expertise and that 75 percent chunk of 'spare change' that could buy us another badly needed teacher. (or pay for the energy bill of those humongous electronic displays). yes, these 'heads' of education are indeed valuable assets when they toil daily at their grueling work of creating something out of the student body's they get handed. his dedication and competence will be ever remembered by the BOE's, many of the students and especially the building contractors who made a bundle on the new high school. wherever he finds his final place of restful retirement, let's hope he never forgets who's handing out the dough for his fond memories. bon voyage, Don Macrino, may your cruise of life be forever windward and warm.
Betty Davis June 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Mr. Macrino I wish you the best in your future endeavors. Glad you are staying on for another year. You have proven and given your life to leadership and guidance. Enjoy every moment of your retirement, you earned it.
The Fernando Family June 29, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Mr Macrino, thank you for all you've done and may you enjoy your retirement at the end of the next school year! Although I am still disappointed that the fencing club, despite all their successes has failed to acquire official team status, I'll have to say that I am very pleased that you were the guy that our 2 recent WHS grads have known as their principal.
Erin Paul July 01, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Mr. Macrino was a wonderful principal, and I always felt he had the best interests of students in mind. I received a quality education as a student during his tenure. That being said... Am I correct in reading that he's being paid 175%, as in collecting retirement benefits AND being hired for one more year at regular salary? That's smart for him to take advantage of (who wouldn't?), but the town may want to consider rewriting the rules in the future to prevent paying twice for the same position after someone retires.
silas merrimack July 02, 2012 at 07:52 PM
You will certainly be missed Mr. Macrino, let's hope the town finds a replacement with an equally positive attitude and friendly demeanor, the vice principal sure doesn't possess those qualities...

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