Robinson to be on leave for back surgery next month; Safine to be interim principal

September 27, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju

Robinson hopes to be out as little as two weeks.

In May, principal Paul Robinson learned that he had two ruptured and bulging discs in his back and afterward tried physical therapy and cortisone shots to alleviate the pain.

Since neither route proved effective, Robinson will undergo back surgery on Oct. 3. As long as there are no complications, he is expected to return to his regular role two to four weeks later.

In Robinson’s absence, assistant principal Brian Safine will serve as interim principal, but Robinson will remain accessible by phone or email.

Robinson said the ruptured discs, a result of age, genetics and his years playing college basketball and tennis have put him in consistent pain.

“It’s has kept me from being able to do all the activities I’d like to do, like sleeping or sitting,” Robinson said. “It’ll wake me up in the middle of the night, so I have to get into a position where it doesn’t hurt.”

Though Robinson wishes the surgery could have been done in the summer, he is glad he was still able to see Homecoming week.

“It’s always hard for me to miss school and not be able to come to activities,” Robinson said. “But don’t worry, I’ll be back as soon as I can, and then we’re going to have the rest of a great year.”


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