February 2, 2016
Over five years, Dr. Canfield’s many accomplishments included the opening of the Sandwich STEM Academy and the reconfiguration of the district’s K-6 schools
SANDWICH, MA –Dr. Richard Canfield, Sandwich Superintendent of Schools, today informed the School Committee of his intention to resign prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school-year. Dr. Canfield, who was hired as superintendent in March 2011, expressed pride in the achievements of the schools, as well as gratitude for working alongside so many talented and dedicated educators, community members, students and families.
“The list of district accomplishments is one that I am very proud of, and those accomplishments could only be achieved through a spirit of caring, cooperation, determination and the collective vision of many people,” Dr. Canfield said. “I thank the educators, school committee members, and community leaders who contributed so much, and supported the need to adapt and resize the district, and I especially thank all of our parents and families for entrusting me with the care and education of their children. Through it all, we maintained vital programs while innovating and creating new opportunities for all students. Most of all, I’ll cherish the memories of the politeness, kindness and accomplishments of all of our students. I have really enjoyed being a part of their lives. It’s those moments –from greeting kindergarteners on opening day to cheering and applauding the efforts of our athletes and visual and performing arts students to presenting diplomas at graduation –that made the effort so rewarding.”
Dr. Canfield plans to spend more time with his family.
“Now it is time for me to move on, and to spend more time with my family,” he said. “My wife has been a constant source of encouragement and support, and my children and grandchildren are a loving reminder of why it is an honor and privilege to serve the children in any community in the role of educator.”