April 25, 2017

CVU principal headed to Winooski

Sean McMannon

Sean McMannon

CVU to search for interim principal

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Champlain Valley Union High School Principal Sean McMannon has accepted the job of superintendent of the Winooski school system.

After 12 years at CVU, eight of them as principal, McMannon signed a two-year contract with the Winooski School District, beginning July 1.

“I absolutely adore CVU,” McMannon said. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful place… it’s really a unique and wonderful community at all levels, students and staff and parents and community members and (school) board. It’s just a really tremendous organization.

McMannon said he will especially miss his advisory, the 14 students he meets with every day at CVU.

“I think the breadth of opportunities that CVU is able to offer students is pretty amazing,” he said. “When you offer students so many different opportunities they do incredible things, so it’s been really fun to watch students grow and accomplish those incredible things, athletically, academically, artistically.”

Chittenden South Supervisory Union staff has begun looking for an interim principal candidate, posting the opening on education job forum SchoolSpring, said Superintendent Elaine Pinckney. A search committee will look at both internal and external candidates, Pinckney said.

McMannon has been CVU’s principal since April 2005, following 18-year veteran Val Gardner. Before becoming CVU’s principal, he was the director of its Fairbanks House and a teacher.

“He’s a wonderful administrator,” Pinckney said. “He followed an outstanding principal and he has been an outstanding principal himself.”

Pinckney said supervisory union and high school staff will miss McMannon.

“CVU is I believe a premier high school in the state, and a lot of that falls at the feet of Sean McMannon,” she said. “He is very visionary and passionate and very strategic about everything he does.”

McMannon said he plans to begin his tenure in Winooski by learning about the community and building relationships with students, staff and community members.

“I was really attracted to the diverse population there and the single town district with a K-12 system,” he said. “I think that it will be really interesting to see the entire system together and I really fell in love with the students when I went to visit that day in April.”


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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