Oct 28, 2015 2:42 PM

Concord High School principal Gene Connolly announces resignation due to ALS

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A high school principal suffering from ALS in New Hampshire's capital city says he will resign at the end of the year despite his initial plan to keep working.

The Concord Monitor reports Gene Connolly announced his intent to resign Tuesday.

Connolly has been principal of Concord High School for 14 years.

Connolly, who was diagnosed with the neurological disease last year, admits his declining health played a factor in the decision. He can no longer talk, speaking only through a voice synthesizer used on an iPad.

Superintendent Terri Forsten commended Connolly for his years of service and said the district will begin a comprehensive search for his replacement in January.

Community members helped raise money for the principal by organizing and participating in a "Connolly Tough" walk.

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