PROSPECT — Long River Middle School Principal Jayne Lanphear will retire at the end of the month after nearly four decades as an educator at the school.
“It is a bittersweet moment for me but one that I believe is right for my family at this time,” Lanphear, 61, wrote in a letter to the Region 16 Board of Education.
The board, which oversees schools in Beacon Falls and Prospect, approved Lanphear’s retirement last week. Lanphear will retire as of Dec. 1.
Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin said Long River Assistant Principal Michelle Meyers will be acting principal. Karen Aliciene, a teacher at Long River who has an administration certificate, will be the interim assistant principal.
Although Lanphear is retiring, she won’t be going far. Lanphear will stay on two days a week through the rest of the school year after she retires to help with the transition.
Yamin said Lanphear will be paid on a per diem basis after she retires. The exact amount wasn’t agreed upon as of this post, but Yamin said it’s likely to be based on her current salary of $132,000.
Yamin said Lanphear will be missed, adding he is grateful she is staying on to help.
“I think Jayne has been a consummate professional,” Yamin said. “She is a true team player.”
Lanphear, a Watertown resident, has spent her entire 37-year career at Long River. She started as a teacher before being hired as assistant principal in 2008 and principal in 2009.
Lanphear said she planned to retire at the end of this school year, but chose to retire early due to family reasons.
“I just felt it was time,” Lanphear said.
Lanphear said the students and staff at Long River have become like family over the past 37 years. She thanked everyone at the school, in the region and the board for supporting her throughout her career.
“I am proud of the work we have done at Long River and hope that the positive climate and commitment to teaching and learning continue after my tenure,” Lanphear wrote in the letter to the board. “I appreciate and hold dear to my heart the relationships I have made over the past 37 years. I will always have wonderful memories and a sense of fulfillment as I move forward in my life.”