Superintendent Kathryn Hott of Springfield Schools district made a brief statement announcing her retirement after 26 years with district, seven years as its leader, following an executive session Tuesday afternoon with the district's Board of Education.
"It has been an honor to be part of this school system," Hott said at Tuesday's school board meeting. "I am eligible to retire through the State Teachers Retirement System. I will continue to serve as Springfield Local School's superintendent through the end of May and then for family reasons, my retirement will become effective June 1. It's been a great ride."
Following her statement, Superintendent Hott and the entire Springfield Local School Board refused to take any additional questions, instead referring to a statement released by the district: ??We would like to thank Kathy for her many years of service to the District. We appreciate the work she has done for Springfield Local Schools, and wish her the very best as she begins new adventures in her life.??
There was no word if recent challenges at the district played a role in Hott??s announcement. The challenges include the resignation of the district??s treasurer last winter, the failure to get a levy on Tuesday??s ballot, and looming budget cuts the school district will soon have to make. Voters will have a chance to vote on a 7.9 mil levy to help fund Springfield Schools during a special election in August.
Despite the challenges, Springfield schools are performing well. The district received an A grade from the state of Ohio last year based on student performance.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael O??Shea will be promoted to interim superintendent starting in June. It appears Dr. O??Shea will be in charge for the foreseeable future, as school officials say there is no plan to search for any other candidates for the position.