Why turnover of superintendents is high in one small state this year

School administrators have been on the front lines the past two years helping to guide pandemic decision-making for their districts and communities on top of their traditional responsibilities.

Many superintendents and principals are moving on for many different reasons, causing an acute shortage around the region.

The Vermont Superintendents Association says there were 14 superintendent positions open recently. “I’ve been a superintendent for 17 years in Vermont and it seemed like it was time to choose my personal life,” said Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Jeanne Collins. The longtime Vermont educator says it’s time to retire, a decision made partly because of evolving retirement legislation and her search for a better work-life balance. “While we’ve always had a 24/7 job, during COVID it really meant 24/7.”

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