Gary Brooks, longtime superintendent of West Clermont Local School District, informed the Board of Education Monday evening of his intent to retire in early spring after 31 years of service as an educator.
Brooks took the helm at WCLSD in 2004 and immediately set out to improve academic achievement while simultaneously reducing the district’s operating expenditures.
“Dr. Brooks has always had great passion for and belief in this district, and challenging economic times did not matter,” said Doug Young, current board president. “He insisted we could achieve, and we have. Despite having no additional operating money since his arrival, the district rose to Excellent with Distinction, graduation rates dramatically improved, two aging buildings were replaced, and the funding stream was stabilized.”
Board members are tentatively scheduled to accept Brooks’ retirement at their next meeting on Monday, Dec. 17.
The search for a new superintendent will begin immediately.