Mark DeFazio Retires from Bridgeport High School; Will Remain a Substitute Administrator

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | May 13, 2018
By Jeff Toquinto.  For the few of you who may be out there who were hopeful that come June 30 it would be the last you would see of Bridgeport High School Mark DeFazio in the halls of the school then you may not want to read this.
For the large majority who were saddened about his impending departure due to his announced retirement, you probably will want to read this.
As of Wednesday, it became official. You will once again see DeFazio in the halls of Bridgeport High School during the 2018-19 school year.
No, he didn’t rescind his resignation. And, no he’s not taking on a full-time or volunteer teaching gig.
At Wednesday’s meeting of the Harrison County Board of Education, DeFazio was part of two pieces of action that took place under the personnel portion of the meeting. First, his resignation was officially accepted. Second, he was officially approved as a substitute teacher for next year.
After roughly 40 years, it’s not that easy to just walk away. DeFazio isn’t.
“My plan is to substitute just at Bridgeport High School and maybe in an emergency if they would really need an administrator substitute, but only if it’s not for an extended period of time,” DeFazio said. “I still want to stay involved and be around the environment because I’d be lying if I said I don’t enjoy it. So I guess you can say that I’m not out of the profession 100 percent; at least not yet.”
The news was welcome news for Harrison County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Manchin. Manchin, who said he’s aware his time for a decision on when to step out of the education arena is not too far away, said it’s difficult to quit cold turkey for many.
“Him wanting to substitute is a big deal. Mark has been in the profession for decades and I can assure you that it’s not an easy decision he made this year,” said Manchin on the BHS principal’s retirement. “Any of us in our 60s or at the age of where you contemplate retirement, if you care and I believe most do, this isn’t easy to walk away from.”
Manchin said he’s talked in detail with DeFazio about his retirement – both before and after he decided to call it an administrative career. He said he knows DeFazio didn’t come to it lightly because he cares about what he does and who he deals with on a daily basis.
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