Harbour stepping down as CCISD superintendent

HANCOCK – During its regular meeting Tuesday the Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education accepted the official resignation of Superintendent Dennis Harbour, effective July 1. Although the board has already been preparing for Harbour’s departure, his resignation was accepted with regret.

“I have had the good fortune to spend 39 years in the education profession, of which the past 29 years has been as a superintendent of schools and the past 10 years has been here at the CCISD,” Harbour said in his letter of resignation, read during the meeting by Robert Tuomi, CCISD president. “I can say without hesitation I still hold fond memories which I will cherish for the rest of my days.”

Harbour reiterated the thanks and general good sentiments expressed in his letter of resignation to the board during the meeting.

“I’ve had it good – everyone should have it as good as I’ve had it for 39 years. It’s been a great career but, as I said, the winters have now gotten to me officially and it’s time to move on to a warmer climate,” he said. “It’s been a tremendous 10 years, it just doesn’t get better than this. I thank you and I thank our administrative staff.”

He reflected that even though nearly four decades of service hasn’t been without some low points, overall the experience has been decidedly positive. He reiterated his thanks for the board members, CCISD staff and school districts over the course of his career.

“We went through strikes, nasty strikes, but for the most part we’ve built buildings and done some wonderful things,” he said. “It’s with people like yourselves that are supportive and work hard and make things happen that has made me look good a lot of times. I thank you again.”