Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Superintendent resigning

Winton Woods leader pleased with education advancements

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Winton Woods City Schools Superintendent Thomas Richey has resigned, effective in June.

        Mr. Richey said Tuesday he isn't leaving for another position, but is unsure whether his retirement will be permanent.

        He has worked in education for more than 40 years and came to the 4,300-student district in 1993 after retiring from the superintendent position in Collier County, Fla.

        “Well, I think it's an appropriate time, relative to where the district is in terms of strategic plan to improve student achievement and establish a strong financial base,” Mr. Richey said. “I can honestly say I've given it the very best I had.”

        In recent years, Winton Woods forged a new teachers contract and established adviser programs to improve trust between students and faculty.

        Mr. Richey, of Forest Park, made the announcement to the school board at his organizational meeting last week.

        “We're very pleased with his work and we regret that he's leaving,” said school board president John Pennycuff, who was a member of the board that hired Mr. Richey.

        “He's put the district first and there's a new climate of respect for the district, and he's had a leadership role in that,” Mr. Pennycuff said. “Tom has raised the level of professionalism.”

        Mr. Richey said that whatever his future holds, it will be less demanding on his time, and his immediate plan is to focus on “family time.”

        Mr. Richey and his wife, Angela, adopted a 2-year-old girl, Alexandra Jade, from Vietnam last year.


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