The Hilliard City Schools Board of Education on Oct. 22 formally accepted the retirement of Superintendent Dale McVey, making official what McVey had publicly announced 11 days earlier.
McVey first told board members of his planned June retirement following the Oct. 8 school board meeting.
Acceptance of McVey's retirement, after 15 years of service to Hilliard schools and 35 years in education, had been part of the board's consent agenda, but board members acted to extract the item from the consent agenda.
It was considered as an individual action item at the conclusion of the meeting.
Board President Lisa Whiting said it was with "mixed emotions" that the board accepted the retirement and thanked McVey for his "compassion, knowledge and leadership."
"(The district) is a better place now than when you started," Whiting said.
Board member Paul Lambert also lauded McVey, crediting him with Hilliard's status.
McVey said he has been blessed to work with numerous talented people who "defined my success and that of the district."
"I'm blessed ... and it's been an honor and a privilege to serve as your superintendent. It has made me a far better person and educator ... and I can't thank the board and community enough," McVey said.
McVey was hired in 1998 as the district's assistant superintendent, then served as the interim superintendent when Roger Nehls resigned in June 1999. McVey officially was named superintendent in January 2000.
In other action at the Oct. 22 meeting, board members recognized 15 students from the district's three high schools, all of whom have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Six are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, eight are Commended Scholars and one is an Outstanding Participant.
Board members also approved amended expenditures in five district funds and approved the issuance of a diploma for a student who completed the requirements of a summer graduation program.
Board members moved into an executive session at the conclusion of the regular meeting to discuss the "appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation" of an employee and the "purchase or sale of public property."
Whiting said no action was taken at the conclusion of the closed meeting.