Monday, July 27, 2020

CVSD Superintendent Pinckney to Retire, June 2021

After twenty years of service in the Champlain Valley School District (CVSD), with the past fifteen as Superintendent, Elaine Pinckney has announced her intention to retire in June 2021. Superintendent Pinckney informed the board on July 21, 2020, during executive session.

“I am very grateful for having had the privilege to serve such a forward-thinking organization, one in which lifelong learning and a focus on personal and institutional growth are at the core.” she wrote in her letter to the board. “ I was drawn to this vision from the start and continue to be inspired by it to this day. Over the years, I have been enormously blessed to work with passionate, dedicated board members, outstanding administrators, and a top-notch faculty and staff.”

Superintendent Pinckney has led the largest school district in the state, previously known as Chittenden South Supervisory Union, through significant change during her tenure. Prior to consolidation in 2017, she brought cohesion to the 4000 student district by developing a joint mission statement, creating systems among the four K-8 schools that all fed into the same high school, and created a monthly unified meeting for the six individual school boards. Superintendent Pinckney's commitment to quality education of the students guided the district through the multiple financial challenges of Acts 60 and 68 and the 2008 recession. She was named the Vermont Superintendent of the Year in 2013.

“We have been incredibly blessed to have had Elaine as our district leader for fifteen years. Her collaborative leadership style, systems thinking, strong communication skills, and focus on what is best for each student has transformed education in CVSD. Her impact on our district can’t be overstated.” wrote Lynne Jaunich, board chair.

Superintendent Pinckney summed up her letter by reassuring the Board and the CVSD community that she is eager and ready to lead the district for this final school year of her tenure. She will share regular newsletters and updates, work collaboratively with the district and school leadership teams, visit schools and reach out to the community for input and feedback, especially as we face the challenges of one of the most unusual school years upon us. She noted, “I look forward to serving CVSD and its member communities during this final year. I am still energized by the work and continue to be inspired by my colleagues. 2020-2021 will not be without its challenges, but if past history is any indicator, we will figure it out together and work collaboratively to ensure the best possible outcome.”

Elaine has served as a trustee for the Vermont Superintendents Association, a member of the American Association of School Administrators Governing Board, a member of the Governing Board for the Northeast and Islands Regional Education Lab, District Management Group Superintendent Strategy Summit member, and on the Board of Directors of the Stern Center. She previously served as Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Education and Principal in Morrisville, Stowe, and Williston.

The board will begin a search process immediately.

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