By Jeff Gallatin
For North Olmsted School Superintendent Cheryl Dubsky the time is right to exit the district she and her staff have built into one ranked as one of the best in Ohio for the last six years.
Dubsky at Wednesday’s regular school board meeting read a letter to the school board and the community announcing her retirement as superintendent effective Aug. 1.
“I have been fortunate to work with wonderful people who do wonderful things for our students and have always believed that there is something special about the North Olmsted City Schools and community,” she said in the letter.
During her 30-year educational career, Dubsky has spent two separate nine-year stints working for the North Olmsted district as an educator. She has spent the last stint first as associate superintendent, whose primary focus was on educational staff and programs for the district, then as superintendent the last four years.
Six years ago, after the educational programs devised by Dubsky and her staff had been put in place, the district’s overall mark in the annual state of Ohio report card went from “continuous improvement” to “excellent.” It was one of only three districts in the state to make that jump that year. Since then, the district has been ranked excellent or excellent with distinction every year.
In her letter, she gave several examples as to why her years in North Olmsted have been memorable, recalling the district pulling together in 1990 after a massive fire forced the high school to be relocated to the IX Center as well as a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities.
(The letter can be seen it’s entirety on the North Olmsted City Schools website at Northolmstedschools.org).
Thursday, Dubsky said this is the best time possible for her to retire as superintendent of the district.
“We have a great staff in place in the district,” she said. “They’ve all worked very hard to get those programs in place which have made the district one that is ‘excellent with distinction.’ And they are continuing to work hard at making sure the district keeps a high ranking at the state level. Our student achievement has grown steadily for the last eight years and will continue to I’m sure in coming years.”
Dubsky said the district is also financially stable at the moment.
“I’m appreciative of the confidence the residents have placed in us and the district will continue to work on using their funds to provide the best education possible for students,” she said.
Dubsky said with 30 years in, she has not reached the maximum potential for her pension, but said by leaving now she does put herself in a good position. She said she also will stay involved in education in different ways.
“Don’t be surprised if you see me at some forum or public event going out there and lobbying or pushing hard to have education supported strongly,” she said. “I’ll always be an advocate for it and for making sure it is done properly for the students and also gets the proper support from others.”
She said she likely will attend some events in the district even after she retires.
“It was very hard for me in many ways to reach this decision,” she said. “The district means a lot to me and I’m sure I’ll still be around at times. This is a great district and community and I have no doubt that they can continue that greatness.”
School Board President Tom Herbster said the district would begin work on finding her successor immediately. He said the district will consider internal candidates as well as s0me from around the country.