SALISBURY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT Acting Superintendent Louise Beauchemin recognized for her years of service
The Salisbury Township School Board bid farewell to acting Superintendent Louise Beauchemin at the Oct. 10 board meeting.
Beauchemin, who has worked in the district since 1999 when she started as the principal of Harry S Truman Elementary School, retired on Oct. 12 and will be replaced by the newly appointed Michael Roth.
"I look at where we were as a district when Louise assumed the assistant superintendent for curriculum & instruction position and where we are today and it's immeasurably improved," board President Russell Giordano said. "We've always been a good district and she's one of the architects for making us great and she receives our upmost respect, recognition, love and best wishes we could possibly give anyone who's ever worked for us."
Board member Mary Ziegler remembers working with Beauchemin at a school picnic back when she was just a parent with students in the district and Beauchemin was the principal at Truman. Together the two got covered in a sticky, syrupy mess while serving ice cream to the students.
"I can't look at an ice cream waffle ever again without thinking of Louise," Ziegler said.
Solicitor John Freund joked that he can't believe Beauchemin is leaving because he just learned how to spell her name.
Beauchemin held back tears as she said goodbye to the board and district she has worked with for the past 15 years.
"I would like to express my gratitude to the current and past members of the school board for providing me the opportunity to be a part of Salisbury," Beauchemin said. "Since my arrival in July 1999 as the principal of Harry S Truman, I have loved serving the children and families of this district."
Beauchemin also recalled a question she was asked in 1999 when she was interviewing for the principal position.
"I was asked 'what do we need to know about you to help us work better with you?'" Beauchemin said. "I clearly remember my response; I said 'since I was a young girl, the two words that have been used to describe me are passionate and intense.' My response was very honest and I believe I have demonstrated those characteristics in serving our children, but I do humbly admit that I received far more than I gave and I am grateful to all of you beyond words."