Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Top school official retires


Edgewood begins candidate search

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        TRENTON — Edgewood school district is looking for a superintendent following Monday's announcement that Dale Robertson will retire July 31.

        Mr. Robertson, 55, said his decision had to do, in large part, with health problems. Since becoming superintendent four years ago, he's had heart and back surgery. Next week he will undergo a neck operation and expects a five- to six-week recuperation during which he'll be available by phone.

        “I've been thinking about this all year,” said Mr. Robertson. “It's time for me to take care of these health issues and not hold the schools up. It's in the best interest of me and the school district that I retire. We're at a real crucial time right now.”

        After two failed tries, Edgewood voters this month approved a 6.9-mill operating levy that will bring $2.13 million to district coffers and avoid layoffs. Work continues on the expansion of Edgewood High School and improvements to other buildings paid for with an $18.9 million bond issue approved in 1998.

        Mr. Robertson said it was increasingly difficult to separate his personal life from his job because several family members are in the schools. His wife is a teacher at the middle school and he has grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a stepdaughter attending classes.

        “I'm leaving the door open to work in other districts at another time after I finish the healing process,” Mr. Robertson said. “I don't think I fully recovered from last year's back surgery.”

        During his 26 years with the district Mr. Robertson has taught, been a truant officer, athletics director and coach, assistant high school principal and middle school principal. He also was head football coach at Hamilton High School during his tenure on the Hamilton Board of Education.

        Edgewood board President John Snyder said Mr. Robertson's decision didn't surprise him.

        “I'm disappointed, but he has a health problem. It's totally his decision. I respect that and understand. We'll go on.”

        Mr. Snyder said the board would search for a new superintendent. Assistant Superintendent Tom York has been encouraged to apply and his resume will be reviewed with other applicants. The board would like to hire a replacement no later than the end of July.

       



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