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RSD #17 Superintendent, Holly Hageman, to step down at end of 2020-21 school year

Message to Community.

This is to inform you that Dr. Holly Hageman has tendered her resignation as RSD17 Superintendent, effective June 30, 2021.

Dr. Holly Hageman

As many of you know, Holly has served the district first as a science teacher for eleven years and then returned to the District as Assistant Superintendent in 2014 and was then in October, 2019 enthusiastically promoted to RSD17 Superintendent of Schools. At each level, she served with distinction and dedicated herself to putting the interests of all students first and foremost.

Holly has accepted a position as a part time Superintendent of Schools in Marlborough, CT for its PreK – 6 school, working a schedule that will allow her to have more time with her family.

This is a deeply personal decision for Holly.

This comes as an unexpected turn of events. However, the District is stable at its core, largely due to Holly’s leadership, and poised to plan for and execute an exciting future. As much as we wish for Holly to be a part of that future, we are grateful for her extraordinary dedication to building a strong leadership team, launching the Intermediate School, leading our schools through a pandemic, rebuilding trust with the staff and community, as well as many other long lasting contributions. We will always be in her debt for keeping our schools open, safely operating this year.

The Board of Education will act judiciously and move expeditiously in finding a talented, caring, and inspirational Superintendent of Schools for RSD17. We will communicate soon with more information on how we plan to move forward.

In the meantime, we thank our entire community for your partnership and support of the District and it’s students and trust that our team of dedicated professionals will continue to keep our students at the forefront of their care and work and we will continue to support them in any way possible.

The RSD17 Board of Education


Dear HK Parents and Community, 

It is with mixed emotions that I am leaving HK at the end of this school year. Returning to the district seven years ago, plus the eleven years I served as a teacher here, account for more than half of my career.  

My decision to leave is wholly centered upon my need and desire to devote more time to my family-my young teenage sons, my husband, as well as my aging parents. I do want to keep working, but with better life-work balance at this stage, and have therefore accepted a part-time Superintendent position for an elementary district close to my home.

I have so enjoyed partnering with every member of this school-community in contributing to all that makes HK a special place. The district is in solid shape thanks to all of the administrators, teachers and staff who collectively create wonderful schools for RSD17 students. This year more than ever, it was clearly remarkable how everyone came together, dug deep, to serve our students. I also want to thank the parents of this community for supporting their children and the schools. I also owe a debt of gratitude to the RSD17 Board of Education, an amazing collection of dedicated, thoughtful, and open-minded individuals who gel together in the service of students.

I will work with the Board of Education to help ensure a smooth transition as I exit. I wish the school district and community all the best.



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