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Published On: Fri, Feb 15th, 2013

(VIDEO) SLRHS Principal Richard Kelley speaks about retirement, reflects on career

SLRHS Principal Richard KellySILVER LAKE- For 13 years, Richard Kelley has been Silver Lake Regional High School’s beloved principal but, last week; the 59-year old Kelley announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2013 school year.

Today, Kelley sat down with KingstonJournal.com in his office and discussed his recent decision to retire.

“I’ve been able to retire, really, for the past three years,” Kelley said. “I just love the job so much it’s tough to give up.”

Kelley told the Journal that he has loved working at Silver Lake Regional High School. “I have never woken up in the morning dreading to go to work.”

“I’ve never worked a day in my life,” Kelley said and added that he hoped the next Silver Lake Regional High School Principal would love their job as much as he did.

Kelley started teaching in 1976, as a science and math instructor in Weymouth.

This June, Kelley will leave SLRHS as the longest-tenured principal in school history. “The old record was 10 [years]. I shattered it,” Kelley exclaimed.

“I’ve loved every minute of it,” Kelley told the Journal as he cracked a smile. “Sure there have been days where I wanted to go home and hide in the closet…but it has been a joy working with the community, with the students, with everybody involved.”

Kelley said he will leave his post as SLRHS Principal with “no ill will towards anybody” in the Silver Lake District.

kelleyfeaturedKelley, who has been able to retire since 2010, also told the Journal he stayed on as SLRHS Principal to help advance the school’s “instructional technology.”

“Not necessarily just having a piece of hardware in a classroom or in a lab, but actually using it for an instructional tool every single day,” Kelley said, adding that the school was “still not 100% there yet.”

Kelley said he doesn’t know what he will do after leaving Silver Lake Regional High School but speculated, “I might do a little bit of consulting.”

“It’s not like I’m going to sit home and watch The Price is Right, although I will watch it a couple of days,” Kelley joked.

Kelley said he believes he will leave Silver Lake a better school than when he arrived. “I’m happy with what Silver Lake is right now.”

Kelley announced his retirement last week on February 6.

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  1. Biggus says:

    Richard Kelley is a class act and worth every penny he makes. I wish him a happy retirement and thank him for his service to our kids. I hope his replacement has the enthusiasm, dedication and drive that Principal Kelley exuded every day.