August 28, 2014

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Sheffield-Sheffield Lake superintendent to retire in December

SHEFFIELD — Superintendent Will Folger retires Dec. 31.

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake schools Superintendent Will Folger speaks March 9 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new high school in Sheffield.

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake schools Superintendent Will Folger speaks March 9 at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new high school in Sheffield.

“This is very, very difficult for me,” Folger said Monday to Board of Education members who unanimously approved the retirement. “But as I go out the door in six months, 40 years of education is probably about enough.”

Folger, 61, was appointed superintendent in 2004. He began his career as a teacher in 1974 and worked for Huron Schools from 1985 to 2004 serving as athletic director, assistant middle school principal, middle school principal and high school principal.

Folger, who earns about $120,000 annually, said it will be up to board members whether he works with an interim superintendent or a new superintendent. He said he has been discussing retirement with the board for about two years and hopes the notice will give them adequate time to find a successor.

Gregory Ring, superintendent with the Educational Service Center of Lorain County, is advising board members on hiring Folger’s successor. Ring said it was uncertain whether a new superintendent or an interim superintendent would be hired.

Folger said he considers the construction of the new $31 million, 145,000-square foot middle and high school to be a major achievement of his career as superintendent. Construction of the school, expected to open in September of next year, is on budget, Folger said.

Folger, an attorney since 1985, said during a meeting break that his law degree has been an asset as an educator as well as previous public relations work. Folger, a husband and father of four, said he’d consider practicing law after retirement.

Folger told board members that he was grateful to his staff and any successes the 1,850-student district has had were due to a team effort. “I’ve never worked for a finer group of people,” he said.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

  • reach1teach1

    Your right it is time for you to go when you stop protecting the children in your district and making excuse for your staff that just let it go in one ear and out the other. I personally blame you for Parti’s death.

  • Jessica Selent

    Good riddance….hope your tail is tucked between your legs you coward. What an epic fail: you and your administration.