The end of the school year includes an expected turnover in administrative jobs. Some principals retire, others move – it can be hard at times but it's perfectly normal. The Madison Metropolitan School District is dealing with roughly ten principal changes this year. But one of them is a retirement that we believe deserves some special recognition.
Dr. Ed Holmes is retiring after 24 years with the Madison Schools, the last 10 as principal of West High School.
Before joining MMSD, Holmes served 14 years with United Neighborhood Centers of Dane County. That's 38 years of extraordinary service to our community. But Dr. Holmes's decade at West, and his time at James C. Wright Middle School before that are especially noteworthy.
West High School is one of the best in the state as its number of National Merit Semi-finalists, Presidential Scholars and perfect ACT scores exemplifies. And Holmes's founding of the Ebony Expressions Cultural Awareness Project won him a Congressional Proclamation.
There are a lot of wonderful educators in the Madison schools. But Ed Holmes has been a true community asset. He'll be tough to replace, and we wish him the best.