To the Editor:
Mr. Stephen Kirby came out of retirement to Cedar Hill Elementary a few months into the school year in the midst of some administrative turmoil. There was confusion, resentment and frustration at all levels within the school and with the collective parent group. Walking in and taking over as acting principal was no small challenge to take on.
Well, several months and two grade-level graduations later (grades 5 and 6), I’m writing this letter to recognize and thank Mr. Kirby for a job very well done.
As a parent of two children in Cedar Hill, it’s obvious that Mr. Kirby cares about the school, its children and parents, and its teachers. He came in and provided an immediate sense of calmness and stability. He swiftly handled several situations that could have escalated with poise, and has made it a practice to treat everyone with respect and dignity. The students took a liking to him right away, with his sense of humor and down-to-earth approach. They respect his authority and the way he tempers his sternness with respect for them.
If Mr. Kirby hadn’t already retired once before, there would be a lot of parents taking up a petition to convince him to stay within the Warwick School System. He has been a tremendous asset to the City during his career and I wish him a very happy and healthy retirement (this time for good). Thank you Mr. Kirby for making this a great and memorable year for all of us at Cedar Hill.
Corey M. Smith
Candidate for Warwick School Committee