Summit County school superintendent announces retirement
Summit County, CO, Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit School District superintendent Millie Hamner – a former administrator at the Eagle County School District – announced that she will retire at the end of the 2010-2011 school year, after serving in the district’s top office since 2004.
Hamner, 57, will serve in her current role until July 1, 2011.
“We are very grateful for Millie’s dedicated service to our staff and students these past nine years,” School Board President Jon Kreamelmeyer said. “Her passion for excellence has defined a level of public education that few districts can boast in this state. We are very proud of the district’s accomplishments under her strong and committed leadership.”
Hamner began her career in education in 1975 as a teacher in Ohio. She came to Summit School District in 2001 as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
“It is with mixed emotions that I move on with my life following 36 years of service to public education,” Hamner said. “I truly love working in this school district with our great staff, parents and students.”
At its meeting Tuesday, the school board negotiated a contract with Hamner for her remaining year. Like all staff in the district, she agreed to a salary freeze in ongoing efforts to deal with declining revenues. Next year will be the third in a row that Hamner has not taken a raise. Furthermore, Hamner delayed the start of next year’s contract to Aug. 1, rather than July 1, so the district will save one month’s worth of her salary.
Hamner said her final year will be a busy one, as she continues to lead the district in its efforts to close the achievement gap, implement new curriculum standards, develop a revised high school schedule, address continued state budget issues and appeal to voters in a likely mill levy override election.
Hamner said she has not yet made plans for retirement.
The school board will begin the initial phase of a search process when it meets in August. It will likely use the services of the Colorado Association of School Boards for the task.
Hamner told the board she is “definitely interested” in helping with the leadership transition so that her replacement might be best poised for success.
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