Vigo County, IN - Vigo County Schools Superintendent Danny Tanoos has announced that he will retire later this year.
On Monday evening at a Vigo County School Corporation meeting, Tanoos made the announcement in front of a large crowd.
Other school board members also spoke out on his behalf at the meeting this evening.
The retirement will be effective at the end of Tanoos' contract year on December 31st, 2018 but he plans to retire as Superintendent on July 1st.
Tanoos says the retirement is his choice, his family's choice, and makes the decision despite a recent contract extension by the board to 2020.
He also cites that a referendum process needed for the proposed improvements to North, South and West Vigo High Schools, would be much more time and effort than he would be able to give to that job as superintendent.
Tanoos says that following his retirement on July 1st, he will remain in an administrative role for the balance of his contract, being in charge of the School Protection Officers and introducing the new Superintendent to the community.
In the meantime, a search committee will be formed and Board President Jackie Lower says a new Superintendent should be in place by July.
Before his announcement Tanoos talked about his 20 years as superintendent and nearly 40 years as an educator in the corporation.
He said when his team took over 20 years ago the corporation was two million dollars in debt and today, he said the corporation is 20 million dollar in the black with 10 million dollars in investments.
He also pointed to an 89 percent graduation rate which is higher than the state average.
But beyond the numbers, supporters say Tanoos really cared about the school, the teachers, and the students.