Wednesday, April 28, 1999

School leader Carroll retires

He worked in district for 23 years

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ST. BERNARD — After holding just about every position in the St. Bernard-Elmwood Place school district, Superintendent Robert E. Carroll will take on yet a new one: retiree.

        After 23 years in the district — the last seven as superintendent, Mr. Carroll will resign effective Aug. 1, according to district officials.

        Mr. Carroll and six others took part in an early retirement incentive program offered by the district. The school board accepted the retirements Monday night.

        “The staff and people of the village of Elmwood Place and city of St. Bernard mean a lot to me,” Mr. Carroll said in a statement. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve in this capacity, but it's time for me to move on.”

        While board members have not decided how they will go about replacing Mr. Carroll, board President Linda Radtke said a successor will be named by Aug. 1.

        “Mr. Carroll forced us to think about change, and to forget about the status quo and move forward,” said Mrs. Radtke. “One of his greatest assets was he was from our district.”

        A St. Bernard High School graduate, Mr. Carroll returned to the school district in 1976 as a teacher and coach. In 1980, he became principal of Elmwood Place Elementary, a position he held for four years.

        He then served as associate high school principal for a year, followed by three years as curriculum director. He was named assistant superintendent in 1989 and has served as superintendent since Jan. 1 1992.

        During his career, Mr. Carroll has been active in professional and community organizations. He is a past president of the Valley Area Superintendent's Association and served on the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Educational Advisory and Legislative Committees.

        Mr. Carroll's leadership will be missed, school officials said.

        “Bob has been a tremendous asset to the St. Bernard-Elmwood Place school sys tem,” Mrs. Radtke said. “He has served in a variety of capacities, always focusing on what is best for our students.”

        “As an alumnus of St. Bernard High School, Bob has always had an insight that many administrators never achieve,” Mrs. Radtke said. “We will miss his leadership, but he has helped us set a course for the future.”

        Mr. Carroll's immediate retirement plans are to spend more time with his wife, and fish.

        The following also took early retirement:

        • Jerry Radtke, high school basketball coach and teacher.

        • Betty Hawkins, a teacher at the high school.

        • Carolyn Maschmeyer, a teacher at St. Bernard Elementary.

        • Sharon Yunker, a teacher at the high school.

        • Guy Popplewell, high school principal.

        • Jim Arnold, high school athletic director.

        Mr. Radtke's retirement will become effective July 1; the others' will take effect in the summer of 2000, Mrs. Radtke said.

        The early retirements are expected to save the district about $365,000 over the next five years, Mrs. Radtke said.


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