“These last few days have been somewhat of a challenge, I didn’t think the emotion from others would be so strong and bring out that same strong emotion in myself and my family,” Dr. Danny Tanoos said.
Dr. Danny Tanoos has been packing his office for weeks.
Inside the packing boxes, he’s placed a career’s worth of memories, as he steps down as superintendent of the Vigo County School Corporation.
“A lot of wonderful items as I pack up those items and as I look at each one,” Tanoos said. “As I look at the notes from kids, and parents and staff members and the community it takes a little longer because you start reflecting back on that moment in time.
Tanoos started his education career as a teacher at Ben Franklin Elementary.
He went on to become a principal, and then in 1999, accepted the job as superintendent.
In all that time, his favorite accomplishments can’t be found in the boxes or on the shelves, but in the countless number of lives he’s touched.
“I always loved the saying that a person stands tallest when they kneel down to help a child and I think that’s really to me is what I think that my legacy will be,” Tanoos said. “We talk about the clinics and the schools and the awards but I think and I hope and I pray that real legacy is that of that we really helped every student every day.”
Tanoos does admit there is one item he wishes he could have accomplished, the new school referendum to address the building needs of the three high schools.
“That’s the main reason I’m leaving,” Tanoos said. “I’ll be 61 this summer, it’s going to take a four, five, six year process to really get things started and completed. So that’s probably the one thing I wish I would had started a little earlier.”
Tanoos has had the opportunity to talk with his replacement and has faith the community is in great hands.
“If you have faith you know God will guide you in this position,” Tanoos said. “If you have a loving family, which he does they will support you when you have times of challenge. But continue to be surrounded by the great people that we have put together in the school system to lead the school system.”
Dr. Tanoos will continue to work up until July 1st.
And then he will transition into a new role as head of school safety and security until the end of the year.