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After ouster, return, Catholic school principal to retire

January 17, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Less than a year after the principal of an all-girls Catholic school in Delaware was abruptly fired and then reinstated, she has announced her retirement.

News outlets report Cindy Mann announced Wednesday that she would retire from Padua Academy at the end of the school year. In a letter to the community, she said she would continue to advocate for girls’ education and be the school’s “watchful ‘grandmother.’”

Mann was terminated for “insubordination” in March 2018. Emails indicated Mann had questioned the school’s financial relationship with St. Anthony of Padua parish.

She was reinstated two week later, following protests from parents, student walkouts and the threat of legal action.

Mann’s letter says the parish pastor has agreed to transition Padua’s governance model to split the roles of president and principal.

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