BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 01/31/19
Tony Dunn is calling it a career.
Thursday is the day he said he will “lock the door for the last time and move on to the next chapter in my life.”
Dunn started his career in 1987 as a 6th grade teacher in Kentucky and he said he never thought he would be superintendent of a school district. Dunn has been the superintendent of Belpre City Schools since 2011. He said his proudest moments are getting to see the students walk across the graduation stage. He said some of his biggest accomplishments include staffing the system with qualified people and improving system facilities. And what’s made a difference in his life is the people he’s met during his 32-year career in education.
“The thing that I love most is the relationships I have built over the years. If people remember that I love their kids like they’re mine that’s the most important thing in education,” Dunn said.
He said the last 8 years have been challenging but there were also great rewards. He said the school boards he’s worked with have been tremendous.
Jeffrey Greenley will be the new superintendent starting February 1. He comes from a school district in Monroe County. Dunn said he couldn’t turn the keys over to a better guy.
Tony Dunn attended his last board meeting as acting superintendent of Belpre City Schools, Monday. Family and friends attended the meeting to join the board in congratulating Dunn on his retirement.
Dunn's eight year run will end January 31st, capping off a 32 year career in education. The board thanked him for his time, commitment and service to the district. Dunn also took the time to thank his colleagues, friends and family for supporting him along the way.
He says for now he plans to enjoy retirement with his wife, children and grandchildren.
“It feels good to have accomplished all the things that I set out to and more. We've really established a great team here at Belpre and I'm very proud of my colleagues. A Superintendent's position is one of leadership but you have to have people that will follow you and become leaders themselves and really that's what I'm most proud of” Dunn explains.
Dunn will be replaced by Jeff Greenley of Switzerland of Ohio School District. He says Greenley is a professional colleague and friend.
Greenley will begin as superintendent February 1st.
The new leader of the Belpre City Schools was officially introduced to the public Wednesday.
Jeffrey Greenley was formally hired by the board of education Monday, succeeding retiring superintendent Tony Dunn.
He spoke to the public at a "meet and greet" event at the school's administration offices.
He's from a school district in neighboring Monroe County, but his background includes work with the Ohio education department.
"I understand some of the politics behind what's going on, Greenley said. "When I worked for the attorney general's office, I represented the state board of education on a number of issues. I'm familiar with their processes; I'm familiar with some of the personalities there in Columbus."
Greenley says visitors wanted to know about his vision for the district. He says in order to find solutions to local issues, you also have to understand the district's problems.
He begins his new job February first.
There will be a new leader in February for the Belpre City School District.
The Board of Education Monday night voted to select Jeffrey Greenley for the post.
Greenley comes from the Switzlerland of Ohio school district in Monroe County, where he has served as its superintendent for the past two years.
He will succeed Tony Dunn, who announced this fall he is retiring January 31st.
Greenley will begin as Belpre superintendent the next day, February 1.
He will also come to Belpre Wednesday, December 19, for a "Meet and Greet", from 4-7 P.M. at the Stone Adminstration Building.
We'll have comments from the new superintendent on our evening newscasts.
UPDATE: 12/5/2018 3:47 p.m.
The Belpre City School District Board of Education had a special board meeting on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
It was to discuss finding a replacement for current superintendent Tony Dunn. He will be retiring at the end of January 2019.
The meeting was to help get the word out that the board is looking for a candidate to take his place.
The meeting was in executive session.
ORIGINAL STORY: 10/29/18
Belpre City Schools Superintendent Tony Dunn says he will retire at the end of January, 2019.
Dunn became Superintendent of Belpre City Schools 7 years ago in May, 2011.
Since then, he's played a major role in bettering the education system and the community.
This announcement comes only months after the emergency levy for Belpre City Schools was approved.
Dunn's retirement is effective in just a few months at the end of January, 2019.
The announcement was made at a special Belpre Board of Education meeting on Monday evening.
We will have more details on this story tonight on WTAP News at 10;00 and 11:00.