Superintendent Don Grosdidier (photo courtesy The Eudora School District)
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Eudora Schools Superintendent Don Grosdidier has officially announced that he will retire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
At the school board meeting on Thursday evening, Grosdidier and the Board discussed possible options for a smooth transition prior to his retirement. While no formal plan was made, options included hiring a new superintendent to be in place during the next school year or possibly hiring an Associate Superintendent who would then be elevated to the Superintendent’s position once Grosdidier retired.
In addition to Grosdidier retiring in June 2014, Peg Buchanan, the District Financial Director, is set to retire in August 2013 adding another complicated position into the administration changeover.
In a letter to all school staff on Friday, Grosdidier talked about the District plans on doing in replacing these two positions.
“Change always presents both challenges and opportunities. As a result, the board is working hard right now to determine the best way to fill these positions that takes into account our district’s culture, our organizational needs, anticipated demands on school districts across the state, and our obligation to be financially responsible and good stewards of our community’s tax dollars.”
Grosdidier, has spent most of his career in Eudora. After graduating from KU in 1982, Grosdidier worked in the Easton School District. In 1986, Grosdidier began teaching Social Studies and coaching football and basketball at Eudora High School and has been with the district ever since. Grosdidier served as the Middle School Principal and Associate Superintendent prior to being named Superintendent in 2008.
Following Thursday’s Board meeting, Grosdidier was asked about his future plans.
“I do intend to keep working, but it will not be in an superintendent’s role,” Grosdidier said. He went on to add that he has not really thought about or explored any options currently.