Wilton school board chair announces her retirement

Deborah Low has stepped down as the chair of the Wilton Board of Education.

Deborah Low has stepped down as the chair of the Wilton Board of Education.

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WILTON — Deb Low will be retiring from her post as Wilton Board of Education Chair on Friday after several years in the position.

Low announced she's retiring because she is moving out of town. She will be replaced by Vice Chairman Ruth DeLuca.

"I want to say that it has been a great honor to serve on the Wilton Board of Education since, for me personally, it followed a career in education that I loved and it allowed me to experience another perspective," Low said. "I will always be grateful."

She joined the school board in 2017, when she was also named chair. Her history in the schools spans much further than that though.

Low, who has lived in Wilton since 1998, has held numerous titles in the district from dean of students, to principal and assistant superintendent. She also served as Ridgefield's superintendent before retiring in 2014 and coming back to serve in Wilton.

Her two sons also graduated from the district in 2001 and 2007 respectively.

Low was celebrated by a room full of colleagues, parents and students at her final BOE meeting on Friday where she announced she was retiring. They congratulated her and brought her gifts to take with her into retirement.

Wilton Superintendent Kevin Smith said he can recall being a "novice superintendent" in Bethel just over a decade ago and getting a call from Low, who then served the same role for Ridgefield. He recalled her kind and warm words of advice and said it was the beginning of a friendship with a great colleague.

Low thanked everyone in the district, from the teachers and parents to the custodial staff. She also thanked the students, whom she called the reason educators come to work everyday.

"Our students come to school open and enthusiastic with a myriad of talents that know no bounds," she said.

Low also thanked the greater Wilton community for supporting the schools and the Board of Education. 

"We worked successfully through some tough challenges, especially recently, which would have not been possible without the board's teamwork," Low said. "I will miss all of you and I wish you nothing but the best moving forward. Thank you for the opportunity to serve."