Westerville News & Public Opinion

Good to leave district June 30

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Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dan Good will retire from his post at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Good, who released a statement announcing his decision after the school board's meeting Monday, Oct. 8, cited legislative changes to the state retirement system as the impetus for his decision.

"Like many veteran educators, legislative reforms to Ohio's public pension systems have brought me to the difficult, personal business decision to retire effective June 30, 2013," Good said in the written statement.

Good, 51, said he's met with counselors from the state retirement system three times over the last 18 months, the last time taking a financial advisor, before determining that it made the most sense for him to retire at the end of the current school year.

"I'd say it's one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make. I have been monitoring the state's activity regarding the public pension system for some time," Good said.

Westerville Board of Education President Kevin Hoffman said he was sad to learn of Good's decision, but the board will begin working immediately to fill Good's post.

"He's a very strong leader for our district, and he's done a great job. I'm sad that he'll be retiring," Hoffman said. "The Board of Education needs to start thinking about next steps. ... I'm already starting to put the wheels in motion to find a new superintendent. Not someone to replace Dan because he's irreplaceable."

Hoffman said he's going to start contacting recruiting firms, hoping that the district can find one within the next few weeks and then begin to set criteria for candidates.

Though several central Ohio superintendents have announced retirements by the end of this year, Hoffman said he's confident that Westerville will be able to attract top-notch candidates.

"I believe there are many qualified, capable candidates out there, and I'm equally confident that they'll want to come to Westerville because it's a great place," Hoffman said.

Good's current contract, approved by the Westerville school board in 2010, runs through 2015 and pays him a salary of $189,000 a year plus benefits.

Good, a Powell resident, was hired to lead the Westerville school district on Nov. 19, 2007. He was the superintendent of Wooster City Schools in northeastern Ohio at the time.

Since that time, Good said he's proud of the progress the district has made.

With Good's leadership, the district set a strategic plan and made data-based decisions to reach its goals, Good said.

The district's academic performance has improved each of the last five years, Good said, even as the district has one of the lowest cost-per-pupil expenditures in central Ohio.

Good began his career in educational administration in Worthington City Schools as an elementary and middle school principal before being hired in the Ohio Department of Education's curriculum department.

His most recent ODE position was chief of school improvement services, a job he left in 2004 for the Wooster post.

Though he'll retire from Westerville, Good said he still has work to do.

"I'm not done contributing, as long as others believe I have value," Good said.

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