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.

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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