Longtime Upper Arlington school board members Gloria M. Heydlauff and William A. Catalano have announced they will not seek re-election this fall.

Longtime Upper Arlington school board members Gloria M. Heydlauff and William A. Catalano have announced they will not seek re-election this fall.

"It is now time for us to step down and pursue other opportunities," they wrote in a letter dated May 16. "Therefore, we will not be candidates for the board of education in November."

"Their experience and wisdom will be missed," said Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey W. Weaver. "Being longtime residents of the district, they looked out for the best interest of the students."

"Gloria and Bill's 12 years of service has truly been beyond measure," said school district spokesman Dan Donovan. "It's been nothing short of exemplary the work they've done for the community, the schools, the students, the staff members."

Catalano could not be reached for further comment, but Heydlauff said, "It's been wonderful serving with Bill and the other board members. It's been a very collegial relationship among the five of us. We bring different skills and backgrounds, but we've always been willing to talk and work together, and most of the time, come to a consensus."

In their letter, Catalano and Heydlauff noted that during their three terms, "the board has successfully hired an outstanding superintendent (Weaver) who has continued to inspire the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Middle Years Programmes, to promote the study and integration of 21st century skills across the curriculum, and to provide exemplary leadership and support for every member of the school community. Furthermore, the board also hired a quality treasurer (Andrew Geistfeld) with whose guidance our district has maintained consistent, sound, and fiscally responsible management of our resources."

Heydlauff said the community has supported school levies in recent years, and hopes that continues in November.

"We're very fortunate in that we have strong community support in terms of passing levies, but finances will continue to be a challenge," Heydlauff said. "We will see some of our leadership retiring over the next few years, and our new board members will have to do a search to bring other people who will continue the leadership of our district.

"Because our buildings are older, you have to constantly think about that, and we do work on the various schools and facilities so they're well-maintained. Those things are always going to be out there."

Heydlauff said it was a hard decision to step down.

"I was incredibly honored to serve as long as I have in the district, but my children are adults and I am involved in a couple of other organizations where I'm going to take on leadership positions, so I just decided it was probably time for me to move on," she said. "It's a bittersweet thing for me, and if it's possible and I'm wanted, I would be happy to help out in other ways around the district."