I went on line Wednesday morning as usual at 7 a.m. to check the morning Daily Sun and was stunned to read of Superintendent Bob Champlin's retirement due to health reasons. I was thinking of writing a letter to the editor later on my feelings.
I then went to my e-mail box and what is there but a personal note to me from Bob Champlin, notifying me of his resignation and thanking me for what help and support I had given to him over the years. What a guy! Never leaves anything undone or unsaid.
Over the years, while I have often opposed certain school expenditures, my admiration and fondness for him personally never wavered. When I was new to the council he reached out, as he always does, and provided information and personal tours through the schools and during construction of middle school and showing me the improvements in the high school.
The thing that I noticed most was the outpouring of love and respect that the students had for him. They would come up to him while we were touring and say hi or get a hug and he knew each and every one of them by name and returned the affection in kind. That speaks volumes.
Someone else-no MANY elses will detail all the accomplishments of this man, but I will truly miss his smiling, enthusiastic and energetic leadership .
He is the consummate model of a GREAT school superintendent, and many who follow will try to match it, but they will not quite make it.
Love and good wishes for another challenge Bob.
Councilor Brenda Baer
Ward 4 - Laconia