Brighton High School needs a new athletic director.
Lindsey Solano decided to step aside and return to the classroom next school year. She sent an email to staff late May 12.
"As we plan and prepare for next year, I want to let everyone know that I have made the difficult decision to return back to the classroom," her email said. "I am very grateful for the experience. However, I miss having the direct influence and interactions with students and the fulfillment I get from working with them on a daily basis. Those connections are why I got into education in the first place. I know that at this point in my career and life that is where I want and need to be."
Solano is a BHS graduate and former poms coach in the district. She took over the AD job in July after Ty Gordon moved on to Frederick High School.
At the time, Solano was the first in-building hire for the AD's job in several years.
"I am eternally grateful for the opportunity I have been given to work with an amazing group of student-athletes, coaches, staff members, parents and athletic directors during a very difficult and uncertain time," she said. "I appreciate the patience and understanding that the BHS community demonstrated as we fought to keep our kids involved in the many activities and athletic programs we have while doing our best to keep them safe.
Solano's email said she will be working with Principal Shelley Genereux "to make the best possible transition we can for all."
"This is certainly not goodbye. As we all know, I’m a Bulldog through and through," Solano's email said. "I will continue to cheer on and support our programs in whatever role I’m in.
'Thank you coaches and staff for all of your hard work and effort this year," she added. "I know it wasn’t easy and I know it pushed many of us to question whether or not we could make it, but we did, and our kids are better off for it.'
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