Mike McCarthy to retire from guidance job and MVRHS

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Jared Livingston receives a warm handshake from Mike McCarthy last year. Mr. McCarthy will retire at the end of the school year. — Ali Barlett

Mike McCarthy, director of guidance at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS), announced his retirement on Monday, effective at the end of the current school year.

“I’ve been fortunate to serve the high school community during my tenure, and have been blessed to work in a school system that values its students,” Mr. McCarthy wrote in a letter addressed to the school and read by Matt D’Andrea, superintendent of schools, to a MVRHS committee meeting on Monday.

“It’s a monumental loss for the high school, clearly the teachers, and us as a staff, but most importantly, the kids and the community,” John Fiorito, a high school guidance counselor, said.

Mr. McCarthy began at MVRHS in 1977, where he worked as the athletic director until 1981. He moved to Connecticut, where he worked as the director of guidance at E.O. Smith High School on the University of Connecticut campus for 18 years. He returned to the Vineyard and MVRHS in 1998, working as the director of guidance.

“I think his best legacy is the fact that — yes, we’re lamenting the fact that we don’t have him to go to — but again, the best legacy is that he’s created an incredibly capable department that knows what Mike would do,” Sara Dingledy, MVRHS principal, told the committee.

Mr. McCarthy’s wife, Susan McCarthy, will also retire. She has been a special education aide since 1998 at Edgartown School.

Mr. McCarthy told The Times Wednesday that he and his wife haven’t made postretirement plans yet. “We’re just going to see where it takes us,” he said.