London superintendent to retire
For The Madison PressLondon Superintendent and longtime school district resident D. Steven Allen announced today his retirement effective December 31, 2011.
“It’s bittersweet but I’m ready,” Allen said. “I really made this decision 18 months ago, but delayed it as events in the district demanded continuity in leadership. Our new Treasurer, Kristine Blind, starts this month and we will have the rest of the year to make sure our fiscal house is in order.”
“Now, I’m eager to move on to a new phase in my life with my family.”
“Steve has shown wonderful leadership and has served our London schools well,” board president Vici Geer said. “We appreciate the time that he gave our school system and know that he did it simply because he cared. He is a very selfless and giving person. He’s given us all so much and we wish him the best.”
Allen helped guide the district through very challenging economic times during his early years with the district, all the while the district has achieved its highest academic ratings yet on the state report card. He has done a tremendous job making the difficult decisions to cut the budget and to work with teachers and staff on unprecedented agreements such as the recent salary decrease.
Allen began his career as a Social Studies teacher and worked his way up over his career to be a coach, principal and eventually superintendent. He came to London in 2006.
Although Allen will be leaving the district, he and his wife, Sue, have no immediate plans for leaving the community. Even during the time Allen worked as Superintendent of Grandview Heights City Schools, he lived in London with Sue and their children, MacKenzie and Stuart.
“I’ve always been proud to live here and I’ll continue to be a supporter of our schools,” Allen said. “Only now, I’ll do that from the sidelines and not from the field. One thing is certain: I believe that, with the support of the community, great things are ahead for London.”
Allen’s resignation will be presented to the Board of Education at their meeting on August 15. The Board will need to decide whether to begin a search now for a replacement or to hire an interim to finish the school year.