School board members at their Monday meeting approved Mounts’ resignation, which takes effect March 29.
“We will really miss you,” board member Richard Marcucci said after the unanimous vote.
Mounts was superintendent of Clyde/Green Springs Schools from 1985 to 1994 before moving to Keystone Schools from 1994 to 2001. He was superintendent of Benjamin Logan Schools in Bellefontaine before taking over in Clearview in 2011.
Mounts, 63, said he came out of retirement to work for Clearview and planned to leave at the end of the school year in June. He said the obligations, the details of which he didn’t want to discuss, accelerated his plans.
“Forty-two years in education, it’s just the right time for me to make that transition,” he said.
Mounts helped get a renewal levy passed in 2011 and last year lobbied for the 10-year, 2.99 mill property tax levy approved by voters in November. The tax will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $80 annually.
The levy, which raises nearly $262,000 annually, helped eliminate a projected $388,000 deficit in the district which has about 1,800 students and 200 employees. The passage allowed three or four teaching positions to be eliminated through attrition rather than layoffs.
The district also made cutbacks. Mounts, who earns $109,000 annually, didn’t take an annual 3 percent wage increase as part of cutbacks that included not spending $100,000 for new technology and not filling the position of a departing assistant principal who earned about $92,000.
Board President Eddie Corcino recalled walking door to door with Mounts last year lobbying for the levy and said Mounts’ experience and leadership was “instrumental” in its passage. Corcino said the board plans to hire an interim superintendent and has received about a half-dozen applications so far.
Corcino said board members are seeking someone with the drive and experience to continue Clearview’s progress.
“It’s a very close-knit community so we want to make sure that they’re able to adapt very quickly,” he said.
Mounts said he’s proud that during his tenure the district in the 2011-12 school year ascended from effective to excellent on the annual report card from the Ohio Department of Education. Mounts credited administrators and teachers for the ascent and thanked parents for their support for the district.
“Clearview’s a fine little district,” he said. “The community should be proud.”
Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or firstname.lastname@example.org.