October 28, 2016

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. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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