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Students Honor Retiring John Jay Administrator

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – After 33 years of service to John Jay Middle School, Assistant Principal John Hurley is retiring.

Last week, students and staff gathered in the front circle outside the school to plant a weeping cherry tree provided by the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) in Hurley’s honor.

Students shared letters with Hurley, thanking him for his 33 years of service and the many contributions that he made during this time.

One group wrote: “Thank you, because your life has so positively impacted so many other lives. You will always be remembered for bringing us a smile and as a person to turn to and trust.”

Students assisted with the planting of the tree, which now stands in front of the building and is marked with an inscribed plaque in recognition of the assistant principal and his dedication to the school.

Hurley started his John Jay Middle School career as a teacher and was later named dean of students and finally assistant principal, his most recent role. He was instrumental in moving John Jay from a Junior High to a Middle School, which involved switching to a 6-8 grade model and implementing a teaming structure approach.

“In championing that effort, John is representative of the Middle School,” Principal Richard Leprine said. “He embodies the [John Jay] Middle School philosophy, which is student-centered and ensures that students’ needs are met and that teachers get to know students in team environments.”

Hurley also carried out a number of other projects that have had an impact on the entire student body and staff, including the development of the master schedule. “He has been the backbone of our school and his important contributions have made the Middle School successful over time,” Leprine said. “He will certainly be missed.”

In addition to his job responsibilities, Hurley coached football and volunteered as a member of many committees. Particularly, he is known for his involvement in Project Save requirements for school safety, both at the building and district levels.

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