Friday, August 17, 2001

Schools chief in Erlanger-Elsmere plans to retire

By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ERLANGER — The city's schools chief is retiring at the end of this school year.

        Erlanger-Elsmere Independent Schools Superintendent Jim Molley is stepping down next June after eight years at the helm and 39 years in education.

        “I've enjoyed every day that I've come to work,” he said. “After that many years, it's about time.”

        Originally from Lynch in Harlan County, Mr. Molley, 60, started his career as a science teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood. After 5 1/2 years, he moved to Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, also teaching science.

        He joined Erlanger-Elsmere in 1972 as an assistant principal at Lloyd Memorial High School. He then moved to principal of Tichenor Middle School to district instructional supervisor to assistant superintendent before taking the top job.

        “In the last eight years, we've made tremendous strides in improving facilities,” Mr. Molley said. “And I hope that we have become more child-centered, and we've helped kids focus on where they want to be.”

        After his retirement, Mr. Molley said he wants to travel and pick up some hobbies, but he doesn't plan on getting another job.


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