UPDATED: This just in (First published 7:06 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5)

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Dec 072012

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Orange Live was the first to publish Amity Supt. John Brady’s announcement of his retirement. He will remain on board until the end of the school year.

Many Amity residents will recall that Brady gave notice 13 months ago noting that he was retiring to take care of his wife after she was diagnosed with cancer.  Sadly, she died in April, and Brady decided to stay.

The Amity High School Auditorium was renamed the John J. Brady Center for the Arts in recognition of the tireless support he gave to the arts at Amity.

2012 Graduate Alli Kramer and Dr. John Brady

In June he donned a special robe and presided over the individual graduation ceremony of Alli Kramer — winner of the best actress in a high school musical award in CT — and was present at the past three CT High School Musical Award Competitions.

In his current resignation letter to the Board of Education, he wrote,
“I want to thank you, the entire Amity Board of Education, the administrative team, the faculty, staff, students and the Amity community for helping to make my time here productive and rewarding. I truly cannot think of a finer school district or community to have served as superintendent than Amity.”

In his retirement, Brady plans to spend time with his family and 2 year old granddaughter in PA and even move to his home in Harwich, Cape Cod, MA where he already has many good friends.

His son plans to move his family to Boston, which will be a great fit, only 75 miles away from Cape Cod.

One Amity Teacher told Live, “He’ll be hard to replace. He was very popular with the staff.”

Brady came to Amity from a comfortable position as principal of Staples High School, in the shadow of some dark times at Amity. Friends thought he was crazy for coming here, but he saw potential, and during his tenure he was able to turn things around.

“Amity has a great staff and teachers, it’s a wonderful district and it’s on the right track,” he said. “The Board of Ed works together for the good of the students.”

He said he gave this early notice of retirement so the board has 7 months to find a replacement who will be a good fit.

“I think the search will begin after the first of the year,” he said.

During our conversation, Brady sounded relaxed and said now is the time for him to retire and move on, adding he will miss Amity, the staff and everyone here.