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McCann Plans to Retire at End of School Year

Superintendent is calling it quits after nearly 10 years in Shorewood, but plans to "remain in the field of education."

After nearly a decade at the helm in the , Superintendent Blane McCann plans to retire at the end of the school year.

The School Board is expected to consider McCann’s request to retire on July 10, Tuesday at a regular meeting at , 1701 E. Capitol Dr.

“I appreciate the chance to purse other interests and opportunities in the field of education,” McCann said in a letter to School Board President Paul Zovic. “It is my intention to remain active in the field of education and to continue to make a difference in the lives of children.”

McCann told Patch Monday that he felt it was a good time to move forward, but he will miss the many wonderful people he has worked with over the nine years he has served as superintendent here.

Looking back, he said he's proud of the reduction in student achievement gap and facility and technology improvements and some of the collaborative efforts he has been apart of.

McCann has served as superintendent of the district since August 2003, after teaching in Florida and Iowa, attaining his doctorate from Marquette University and serving as an administrator in Kenosha for 16 years.

near his hometown in suburban Columbus, OH in late April, but later removed his name from the consideration.

He says he hasn't made any plans for his future outside of the district, and is still looking forward to the rest of the school year.

Ann Foley January 10, 2012 at 01:32 AM
What a loss to the community of Shorewood
Tim January 10, 2012 at 02:46 AM
a sad day for Shorewood
LEFTY January 10, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Make him an offer he can't refuse.
LEFTY January 10, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Interesting- did Walker's polarizing agenda have anything to do with this?
JEnnifer Vulpas January 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
So sad for our children that we have lost someone who has made Shorewood a finer place to live, Thank you Blane!
John M January 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I hope the School Board works to get him to change his mind. Shorewood was on a roll and this change feels unnecessary. Curious?
CowDung January 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
McCann's service hasn't all been stellar--how much funding did we lose a couple of years ago when they miscounted the intermediate school 'education hours'? I'm actually surprised that McCann kept his job after that mess...
Playground Bully January 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
and...did he wait just long enough to make a nice retirement package so he can move on to consulting and continue to receive Shorewood benefits while they still exist? Every day we can think of him taking from our kids. That's nice.
John Florsheim January 10, 2012 at 04:01 PM
This is a big loss for the schools and Shorewood. Blane's leadership has been a big part of the success of the district and he understands the community. Blane is ever present at school events and he has managed the district through some tough budget issues without gutting the end product. Seems unnecessary to me as well.
John Carlton January 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
What a huge loss for the Shorewood School District. It will be very difficult to get a replacement equal to Dr. McCann. I hope that we don't lose any of our other top notch administrators because of this decision.
Mark Kohlenberg January 10, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Blane McCann has epitomized what is great about living in Shorewood. His leadership and ability to bridge ties with the general community, Village Board and teacher's union exemplify the imprint his tenure has had on Shorewood Public Schools. This is a huge miss for the Shorewood School Board. Shorewood is finally gaining enrollment and achieving standards it has not done previously. Our school board needs to reconsider and do whatever is needed to retain Blane McCann.
LeAnn January 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM
What a big loss! I am very dissapointed he is leaving and grateful for all he contributed to the Shorewood district and our kids.
The Donny Show January 10, 2012 at 06:35 PM
The school board ought to ask him to retire effective the first day of Summer Break. Why keep him around for another month other than so he can collect a pay check.
CowDung January 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
To help with the transition to a new superintendent perhaps?
richard January 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Michael Mishlove,Rob Reinhoffer and Colin Plese have blood stained hands with this "retirement" decision. It is no wonder that Paul Zovic announced he would not run for another term. Clearly, Mr. Zovic refuses to be a part of a group who rubber stamps Dr. McCann's "retirement". Clearly, Mr. Zovic wants to distance himself from this dysfunctional school board. Dr. McCann's departure is a huge loss for the school district and the community.
Katie January 10, 2012 at 07:46 PM
What sad news and a tremendous LOSS for Shorewood schools and community! He was always supportive and respectful of all employees and treated everyone kindly!! It will be close to impossible to replace someone like Dr. McCann!
Nancy Bornstein January 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM
This is a tremendous loss for the Shorewood Community and the School District. Dr. McCann guided the district through some very difficult times and the results are evident in the success of our students, the reduction in the achievement gap, the professional development opportunities for our teachers, upgraded facilties, shared projects with the village, and increasing resident enrollment. I urge the School Board to work to retain Dr. McCann.
Linda January 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I have worked in schools for about 25 years in two states and I know that a proven, child-centered educator like Blane McCann is worthy of begging him to change his mind!! Please do not let him go! I know there are plenty of politics that surround these decisions and hopefully Shorewood children aren't being cheated out of his leadership because of "politics!"
Jenny Heyden January 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM
School Board meets tonight, 1/10/2012, at 7pm at Atwater Elementary School. This is, I believe, on the agenda?
SKopplin January 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Dr. McCann has always provided a vision and moved toward implementation of programs that are in the best interest of students in Shorewood despite tough budgets and extremely difficult competing values. As a teacher I have felt supported and pushed under Dr. McCann's leadership to continue to grow and create new and authentic learning experiences that will challenge my students and assist them to become the best citizens they can be. Nobody is perfect and everybody will never agree with the decisions leaders make but I for one will miss his vision and effort for Shorewood and its schools. I am happy to have worked under a Superintendent who I felt always had the best interest of students in mind and did not feel that a pure business model approach to mechanize education was what was needed for Shorewood. Blane McCann will be missed by this teacher.
SamanthaJones January 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Richard: unless you are Paul Zovic I don't believe you can "clearly" comment on his motivation for leaving the school board. Could it possibly be the fact that Mr. Zovic has a new job that he may want to concentrate on after 10+ years of service to the board? Making a malicious comment about other community members who dedicate their time to serve on the board is inappropriate. Obviously McCann has many supporters on Patch. That doesn't change what happened with the miscalculated hours at SIS and DPI fines that were (mostly) a bullet dodged. The fact that this didn't happen back then is an example of why the school board needed new "blood" infused to make the tough decisions.
Kit Behling January 11, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Dr. McCann has steered the Shorewood school district through very difficult times of budget cuts and declining enrollment. Thanks in large part to the budget processes he put in place, the emphasis on community engagement, and his educational vision, the district has not only survived but actually thrived by many measures. What a loss that he is leaving now--as enrollment is increasing & the future is brightening--and in this way. It's been a privilege to work with Dr. McCann on many school issues. I'll miss him. He's a class act.
Anny January 14, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Blane has done good things for Shorewood. We don't know the reason that he is leaving and it is unfair to speculate. Whatever the reason, let's wish him luck. As a community, we can't let the fear of change impact our thoughts. The next Superintendent needs a chance to make a positive impact on Shorewood. I think that new ideas and a new perspective might be just what Shorewood needs in order to continue to be a top district.

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