By Kim Howard
Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) Superintendent of Schools Brian O’Regan will step down from his position at the end of the current school year. The CSSU school board accepted his resignation at its meeting last Wednesday.
In a press release issued by the supervisory union office, O’Regan said the decision was for both “personal and professional” reasons, and that he has no immediate future plans. O’Regan has served as superintendent since July, 2000.
“It’s certainly a loss for the community because he’s so good at what he does,” said Jeanne Jensen, chair of the Champlain Valley Union High School board. “He’s not only a great educator and an effective manager, but he’s got an incredible gift of working with people.”
O’Regan’s significant accomplishments during his tenure included centralizing operational activities (human resources, technology) in the supervisory union to free up school administrators so they could focus on student learning. He also facilitated the collaboration of four different town school boards – Williston, Charlotte, Hinesburg and Shelburne – and the high school board to align curriculum and expectations.
“It makes our K-12 system more effective,” Jensen said. “He really had this vision, and he executed it.”
Referring to O’Regan’s combination of skills, Jensen said “we’re going to have trouble replacing that.”
The process of selecting a new superintendent will be developed by board members in the coming weeks and will be finalized at the CSSU board meeting at Champlain Valley Union High School on Dec. 14.