Fri. Feb 3rd, 2023

Although educators were tasked with keeping up with nonstop change and reinventing their teaching methods during a daunting and historic school year, area districts did not see a dramatic increase in teacher retirements.

Milford Teachers Association President Nicholas Molinari said his district saw very few retirements this year because it had so many over the past few years.

However, he said more teachers might have retired if it were financially possible for them to do so, because “the last year was absolutely brutal for teachers.”

Framingham Teachers Association President Christine Mulroney speaks at a rally in front of City Hall Wednesday afternoon to speak out against proposed state budget cuts.

“For the vast majority of teachers in the district, this was the hardest year they’ll ever have faced in their career,” Molinari told the Daily News.

Throughout MetroWest and Greater Milford, most districts did not experience a wave of pandemic-fueled retirements. Theories as to why that was the case vary.

Marlborough Public Schools has had just 10 teachers retire this summer, according to union President Eileen Barry. That’s a typical number for the district, she said, adding that most retirees had taught for 30 or more years.

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