Kremmling " Perry to resign as West Grand schools superintendent
September 19, 2008
West Grand School District Superintendent Jeff Perry will resign on Oct. 17 to accept the office of superintendent for the Wise County Public Schools in Virginia.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the superintendent of schools for the last four years,” he said. “I have been extremely fortunate to work in this community and have seen our parents and community members as one of the greatest assets of our school district.
“Our community has consistently responded to our requests for assistance. Without question, the strength and willingness of our community to help the school is one of the factors which make West Grand such a special place. I have been extremely proud of the accomplishments we have made and it has been an enjoyable and exciting tenure.”
Paul Reese, a retired district administrator, will serve as interim superintendent until a new superintendent is hired.
Perry was contacted to talk with the Wise County School Board about a superintendent vacancy this summer. He grew up there and his family still resides there. His daughter also is enrolled in college in that county.
“I was invited to speak with the Wise County School Board toward the end of August and last week, they offered me the position of superintendent of schools,” he said.
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“Although I thoroughly love this community and this school district, the need to help my family is pulling me back to Virginia,” he said. “I knew that I would need to return to Virginia at some point in time to secure a few more years in the retirement system, but I did not expect to leave so soon.
“A couple of factors came together in a very short period of time to draw me back to my home town. I have enjoyed a very productive and positive relationship with the school board during my tenure and I have been blessed to work with such a great group of board members. They have consistently been supportive and have provided me with the necessary guidance and assistance to help the district move forward.
“The community is extremely fortunate to have such a quality board of education. It has been a privilege to work with the staff and administration in West Grand.”
He has had the opportunity to work in several different school districts.
“This community should be proud of the teachers and principals,” he said. “They work hard on a daily basis to provide unique educational opportunities for children and they strive to be very personal with the students. The future and success of this district is very important to me.
“This has been much more than simply a job for me over the last several years and I have worked diligently to improve the district. Not all decisions were popular but I have always attempted to do what I felt was best for our children and the entire district.
“We have worked with the board and have asked Paul Reese to serve as interim superintendent until a new superintendent can be hired.”
The board will begin the search process after the first of the year, and Reese could serve as interim superintendent throughout this school year, according to school officials.
“I will continue to serve in this position until Oct. 17,” Perry said. “We are confident Mr. Reese will provide superior leadership, stability, and consistency throughout the school year and the district will be in very capable hands.
“It will be extremely difficult to leave this community and this school district. This community welcomed me and it has proven to be an incredible place to live and to work. This school district has been a very special place for me and it has provided so many wonderful experiences and memories.
“It will be with a very heavy heart that I leave Kremmling in October as I move back to Virginia. It is my sincere hope that I have given a little back to an institution and a community that has given me so much. It is also my hope that this district and this community will continue to prosper.”