Congratulations to Jeannine Durkin

Lowell Superintendent Jeannine Durkin recently announced her retirement.  June 19th marked her last School Committee meeting as Superintendent of the Lowell Public Schools and Mayor William Samaras presented her with a citation in recognition of her service.



Be it hereby known to all that
the City of Lowell in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
hereby offers its sincere appreciation and congratulations to

Jeannine Durkin

Upon the occasion of her retirement from the Lowell Public Schools.

Throughout her 29 year career as an educator and administrator in Lowell, Jeannine has worn many hats, but regardless of the title she held, she always put the students first.

Having served as a health educator for many years gave Jeannine a unique perspective into the lives and minds of Lowell’s diverse young people, making her the perfect candidate to move into administration as a district coordinator and then to head up the McDonough Freshman Academy, which she did with distinction from 2008-2013; and to rise to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Support Services from 2013-2018.

As a champion for the well-being of all of Lowell’s students, Jeannine worked in collaboration with a variety of community partners to initiate a number of innovative programs to support students and families in the district facing issues ranging from truancy and bullying to substance abuse.

When the district was in need of an interim leader who understood the inner workings of the district and could hit the ground running, Jeannine once again stepped up, taking on the position of Acting Superintendent of Schools for the 2018-2019 school year, a role in which she once again exceeded expectations, displaying great leadership and management abilities.

 Now, therefore, I, Mayor William J. Samaras, hereby offer all the best to Jeannine Durkin in her retirement. The entire City of Lowell is proud to honor this distinguished individual for all her tireless work towards making our city a better place.


Given this 19th day of June, 2019.

William J. Samaras

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