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Troy schools superintendent: It’s ‘just the right time’

Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 9:52 AM
By: Nancy Bowman - Contributing Writer

Eric Herman, superintendent of the Troy City schools since 2011 will retire this summer after 38 years in education.

Herman said Thursday, Jan. 25, it is “just the right time” for him to depart.

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“The school system is in good shape. I’m in good health. There are things I want to do while I can,” he said, adding he’s also looking forward to more family time.

He notified the board of education of his decision in a closed executive session Tuesday and told the schools’ staff of his plans Wednesday. The board of education is expected to act on the retirement, effective July 31, at its February meeting.

The announcement came two days after Herman and the board started new discussions about the city’s aging schools. Last fall, voters defeated a bond issue to build two elementary buildings.

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Herman has been with the district 20 years, serving as interim superintendent in summer 2010 and superintendent in March 2011. He served as an assistant principal; principal; director of curriculum and technology; and assistant superintendent over the years.

The best part of all, he said, has been “the opportunity to work with some truly fantastic kids through the years.”

Doug Trostle, board of education president, said Herman has had a positive impact in every position and building where he has worked. “Eric Herman raised the standards and expectations throughout our district,” he said.

The board will meet soon with a consulting firm to initiate a search for a new superintendent. “We are very fortunate to have qualified individuals within our district but, as we have done in the past, the board will first ask for interested candidates to submit a letter of interest,” Trostle said.

Herman was hired as interim superintendent and then superintendent with the departure of Tom Dunn to the superintendent’s job at the Miami County Educational Services Center. Trostle said the district’s challenges with maintaining buildings will continue to be a top priority.

“While the Board recognizes the critical needs of our district, we also realize the community must share in our concern and be engaged in the identification of any long-term solution,” he said. “We will continue to evaluate how we might update our facilities to enhance the educational opportunities for all our students. I am confident both our current and future superintendent will enthusiastically participate in this process.”