Earlier this week, Ann Paul, the assistant superintendent for special services for the Wilton Public Schools, informed parents of students she oversees that she was retiring at the end of the current school year.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, she emailed a letter home to parents. It was brief and sent only to parents with children who receive special services:

“I wanted to let you know that I have given Dr. Kevin Smith my letter of retirement effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

“I close my 20 year career in Wilton with deep appreciation for your support in our work together on behalf of your child(ren) with special needs. Throughout this time, I have been inspired by your commitment, efforts and caring in collaborating with the district. I know that I have been changed for the better by knowing your children and all of you.

 “My best wishes in looking forward to a wonderful holiday and New Year and to helping transition new leadership on July 1, 2017.”

Paul joined the district in 2007 as director of special services after serving as the assistant director for special education for the Darien Public Schools, working primarily with students in grades K-8. In 2014, shortly before then-superintendent Dr. Gary Richards retired from the Wilton district, he named Paul to become assistant superintendent for special services, a promotion that was unanimously approved by the Board of Education.

Bd. of Ed chair Bruce Likly wrote in his “Notes from the Board Table” about the promotion, that, “The Board felt this title change was necessary given the growing complexity of our special education services, and the expanding scope of responsibilities and how they interface with other key functions within the school system. Mrs. Paul has been a tireless advocate for our special services students, and a careful steward of district resources. We congratulate Mrs. Paul on this well-earned promotion.”