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Nicki Minajs’ abrupt retirement leaves fans shocked

Rap artist Nicki Minaj retired from her music career on Sept. 5, telling fans she is going to focus on family.

Charlotte Smith '21

October 4, 2019

Acclaimed rap singer and songwriter Nicki Minaj retired from the entirety of her 15-year long musical career on Sept. 5, 2019. Minaj announced her retirement from the music industry via Twitter in order to devote all her attention to her family. The social media post from Minaj read, “To my fans,...

Palmer continues to receive transportation benefits, salary while on medical leave

 Dr. Colleen Palmer announced her resignation on March 14. Until Aug. 1, Palmer will continue to receive her annual base salary, insurance benefits and transportation allowance.

Audrey Bernstein ’20 and Allie D'Angelo ’20

May 2, 2019

Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer will continue to receive her annual base salary and insurance benefits while on leave for medical reasons until her retirement on Aug. 1. Palmer will additionally be receiving a transportation allowance through her leave time, according to the Separation Agreement between Palmer...

Palmer announces retirement

Dr. Colleen Palmer announced her resignation after three years as superintendent of Westport Public Schools.

Sophie Driscoll '19

March 15, 2019

Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer announced on March 14 that she will retire on Aug. 1.   “The district is in a time right now where it can be handed over to another superintendent, and I will work tirelessly to make sure that happens smoothly,” Palmer said.   In a press re...

Principal search on hold while experts are called in

Principal search on hold while experts are called in

Megan Doyle, Staff Writer

October 5, 2015

The search process for finding a new permanent principal at Staples is changing and is currently on hold until directed otherwise. The Board of Education suggested hiring a search firm to effectively find new, interesting candidates for this important role. Last year, as a way to find applicants, the town of Westport placed ads featured in the New York Tim...

Superintendent Landon announces his retirement after 2015-16 school year

Max Biblicoff, News Editor

June 19, 2015

Just months after Staples principal John Dodig announced his plans to retire, another public figure in the Westport school system, superintendent Elliott Landon, has announced his intentions to retire as well. Landon announced via email earlier this month that the upcoming 2015-16 school year will be...

Dodig graduates with class of 2015

Dodig graduates with class of 2015

Jimmy Ray Stagg, Web Creative Director

June 19, 2015

When John Dodig came to Staples as the interim principal, he was expecting to stay for a year while a search for a long-term principal was conducted. That search was canceled and now, 11 years later, he is stepping away from his position at the helm. Dodig started out as a math teacher at Troup Middle...

Who is Shelley Somers?

Who is Shelley Somers?

Kacey Hertan, Business Manager

May 27, 2015

According to Elliot Landon’s email, candidate Shelley Somers was unanimously selected by the Staples High School search committee as the finalist to fill the open position for principal next year. Somers has been working as principal at Central Middle School in Greenwich, Connecticut for five and...

Who are the Yankees without Jeter?

Who are the Yankees without Jeter?

Grant Sirlin, Staff Writer

May 25, 2015

Derek Jeter is my idol. His class, graciousness, and work ethic are qualities that I admire, and seek to replicate. Throughout my childhood, Jeter defined my love for baseball through his identity both on and off the field. He was a fierce competitor, a world-class persona, and my childhood hero.   When...

Superintendent Landon announces retirement

Superintendent Landon announces retirement

Kit Epstein, Staff Writer

May 14, 2015

On May 11, 2015, the superintendent of the Westport Public Schools, Elliott Landon, announced his retirement for the 2016-2017 school year. An email with the subject line “Retirement Announcement” was sent out to the “Parents and Members of the Westport Community” by Elliott Landon. Accordi...

Principal Dodig announces retirement to Staples community

Principal Dodig announces retirement to Staples community

Jane Levy, Features Editor

December 1, 2014

At 3:30 p.m. today, the Staples community received a farewell letter via email from John Dodig stating his retirement at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year. What began as a temporary position turned into more than a decade of leadership. Dodig opened the letter with, “All good things m...

Retirement of veteran teachers brings changes to the tempo

Retirement of veteran teachers brings changes to the tempo

Claire Lewin, Associate Managing Editor

June 20, 2014

As the day of graduation dawns and seniors get ready to throw their hats in the air and kiss high school goodbye, more vehicles will give up their prized Staples parking stickers than just those of Staples students. The end of the year brings about change for both students and faculty, as many teachers...

RTM Talks Over Library Cuts, Retirement Plans, and Custodial Services

RTM Talks Over Library Cuts, Retirement Plans, and Custodial Services

May 14, 2009

Image via Wikipedia A Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) was held May 4 to approve the 2009-2010 Board of Finance (BOF) proposed town budget, decreasing .53 percent from the previous year. RTM members emphasized discussion of cuts concerning the Westport Public Library, custodial services at the senior center, and retirement plans. "You are facing one of the most agoni...

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