Wilcynski to Leave Kennedy High in June

By Meryn Fluker, Reporter


By Ellen Kurt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Something might be in the Cedar Rapids Community School District's water. On the heels of news that Principal Kevin Uhde will leave Johnson Elementary School later this year, Mary Wilcynski announced that she will retire from leading Kennedy High School in June.

"I think I have about a 17 year attention span," the principal said Tuesday. "I absolutely love this job. I absolutely love it. I wanted to leave still loving it … I think it’s better to leave before you’re ready instead of after you should have."

Wilcynski notified district administrators of her decision at the end of last week. She told Kennedy staff on Feb. 11 and made students aware during morning announcements Tuesday.

The principal said she was unaware of any plans or a timeline regarding selection of her replacement.

"I will be very much on board and the principal through the end of June," she said.

Wilcynski is in her 16th year as Kennedy's head administrator. Prior to that, she spent 17 years at Metro High School. She was also at Washington High School for a year and began her tenure in the district in 1975, working for three years as a counselor at Arthur Elementary School.

Post-retirement Wilcynski is planning to stay in the education field, perhaps doing work at local colleges involving teacher training, but she said this is the end of her time both in the district and as an administrator.

"I think there will be some opportunities that will come around and I’ll just kind of see what they are," she said.

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