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He has sat through years of late night School Committee meetings, shaved educational programs and added others, presided over nine schools, and was nominated to have a school named for him.
Everett V. Olsen is now on the cusp of retiring. The Superintendent has notified the School Committee in a letter that he would like the 2021-2022 school year to be his last. Along with the school year, Olsen said his most recent contract comes to an end also.
The year 2022 will be his 52nd year as an educator, he said.
“I understand it’s in the hands of the School Committee but I have submitted the letter because it can’t go on forever,” Olsen said.
The superintendent announced his news at the Dec. 16 School Committee meeting just before budget deliberations began.
School Committee Chair Avery Adam could not be reached for comment.
Olsen said he still enjoys the job.
“I still love coming to work as much as I did almost 50 years ago,” he said.
UPDATE — A delayed response from Avery Adam, chair of the School Committee, saying she was unavailable was added on Dec. 27.