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Roth announces retirement to USD 489 board


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

USD 489 Superintendent Will Roth has notified the board of education he is retiring effective July 1, 2014.

Roth has been employed with the school district for 28 years, first as Felten Middle School principal until 1992 and then as deputy superintendent of instruction and curriculum.

He was appointed as interim superintendent in September 2010 following former Superintendent Fred Kaufman's retirement, and named superintendent in November of that year.

His current contract expires June 30, 2015.

"Since my start as principal of Felten Middle School in July of 1985, the community of Hays has offered my family and me many positive opportunities. In 1992, I became part of the district leadership team as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and eventually as superintendent in 2010," Roth said in an email Friday. "Over the past 28 years in Hays, my wife Sharon and I have raised a family; she has earned two degrees from FHSU, and together we have created many fond memories with our family and friends along the way.

"I want to thank you, the parents and students, the current and previous boards, and my colleagues of USD 489 for the support and all that I have learned from you in those 28 years. I look forward to my last year with USD 489 and I am confident that the board will thoughtfully consider and select my replacement for the 2014 school year. I look forward to a successful transition with the next superintendent."