Minson leaving Bishop Kearney High School

President took the helm in 2014

May 24, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Dr. Margaret Minson’s tenure at Bishop Kearney High School has led to a budget surplus, according to school officials. Photo courtesy of Minson
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In a surprise move, Dr. Margaret Minson, president of Bishop Kearney High School, is stepping down from her post, school officials announced.

On May 18, Minson informed the school’s Board of Trustees of her decision to leave. She will stay on at Bishop Kearney until this fall. Her departure comes as a shock to many of those involved with the school. Minson has been on the job for only two years. She was appointed in May of 2014.

In a statement, Minson said she was honored to have had the opportunity to lead Bishop Kearney High School.

“Bishop Kearney is a special place filled with special people. It’s been an honor to have worked with such an exceptional faculty and staff. The students have touched my heart and I am proud to have been a part of their lives here at Kearney,” she said.

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S. Elizabeth Hill, chairperson of the Board of Trustees, was full of praise for Minson.

“Dr. Margaret Minson has served Bishop Kearney with vision, courage, passion, and imagination for the past two years. She has accomplished all the goals the Board of Trustees set for her when she joined us, and she leaves Kearney in a position of strength. She is leaving a durable legacy at Bishop Kearney. Although we are sorry to lose her, we express our gratitude for everything she did while she was with us and we wish her the very best in the years to come,” she said in a statement.

Established 54 years ago by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, a Catholic religious order, Bishop Kearney High School is an all-girls school located at 2202 60th St. in Bensonhurst. The school is named in memory of Bishop Raymond Kearney, who served as an auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn from 1935 until his death in 1956.

Under Minson’s tenure, the physical plant of the school has been upgraded to ensure a state-of-the-art learning environment for students, school officials said. Through Minson’s efforts, corporations and foundations have contributed several hundreds of thousands of dollars in technology and services to the school. The Heckscher Foundation donated funds to pay for free SAT preparation courses for juniors and Twenty First Century Fox provided funding for a television studio in the school.

In addition, the alumnae have dramatically increased their contributions to the school, officials said. As a result of all of the donations, Bishop Kearney High School has ended each of these last two years with a budget surplus. In an interview with the Brooklyn Eagle shortly after her arrival at Bishop Kearney, Minson said she was a strong believer in single-sex education.

“Single sex education in this day and age is invaluable,” she said. The lack of boys in classroom empowers the female students to be more outspoken and to express their ideas more freely, according to Minson. “It gives the girls a chance to have leadership roles,” she said.

At the time, Minson said she as looking forward to the future. “There are a lot of exciting things going on in this school,” she told the Eagle.

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