In an email Tuesday to USD 489 school district employees, Superintendent Will Roth made a new announcement about his future. Roth announced on June 28 a plan to retire on July 1, 2014. According to the email, the school board has requested he retire 8 months earlier.
To: 489-District Staff
Subject: On Behalf of Will Roth: My Retirement….
Dear USD 489 Staff,
I am writing to let you know that I have resubmitted my retirement letter to the Board effective October 1, 2013. The Board requested an earlier retirement date and the Board and I are working together to develop a plan to make a transition to the new leadership team.
I feel like I have had a great family to go to work with the last 28 years and I know USD 489 will continue to prosper. There will be changes going forward and although change is hard, we all know that it is necessary if we want our students to have an opportunity to excel in the world.
We are getting ready to begin a new school year soon and I want you all to feel that excitement that only we in education experience, that once a year reset and recharge. Whatever changes happen this year, it should have no impact on the outstanding work you do every day whether driving, cleaning, cooking, giving medical attention, office assistance, or teaching. All of you impact students daily and the community is indebted to you.
I wish all of you the best and I will do whatever I can to make the leadership transition positive. If I can help get you get started on the best year ever, please let me know.