BATH TWP: It was a bittersweet vote when the Revere Board of Education approved a number of retirements during the April 17 meeting, but it was the future retirement of Assistant Superintendent Kathy Bearer that caused board member George Seifert to comment that “if we don’t approve this, she can’t retire.”
Bearer as well as eight other long-time staff, including Ron Garman and Laurie Russell, is retiring, with some of those retirements due to changes in the state’s retirement system, said Superintendent Randy Boroff.
“We want to thank all of them for their efforts and contributions to the district,” said Boroff. “We wish them well.”
The motion to approve Bearer’s retirement stood on its own, given the roles and jobs she has tackled for the district. She has been in all four of the district’s schools, as a teacher at Bath Elementary School; assistant principal in both Revere Middle School and Revere High School; and principal at Hillcrest Elementary School. In addition, Bearer was interim superintendent for the district during the 2008-09 school year, and she was named assistant superintendent when Boroff was hired to start the 2009-10 school year.
It was Boroff who commended Bearer for her dedication to the district, citing the roles she has had at Revere and her work as an integral member of the administrative leadership team for the past four years.
Prior to working in Revere, Bearer was a teacher in Barberton City Schools, a principal for Orrville City Schools and a visiting professor at The University of Akron.
Bearer, thanked all and said she is staying in the community.
Her retirement is effective Dec. 19, which Boroff noted will give the district time to look for another assistant superintendent.