Columbus City Schools Superintendent announces retirement

Dr. Dan Good, superintendent of the Columbus City Schools, announced Thursday he is retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. (WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus City Schools superintendent Dr. Dan Good announced his retirement Thursday, effective the end of December.

Good retired from running the Westerville schools at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, but came out of retirement to pilot the Columbus district after the resignation of Gene Harris.

Thursday, he said after the transition and accomplishments of the last four years, it was time to step aside.

"It was not an overnight mission," Good said. "It took time, lots of tough conversations, innovative new thoughts and breaks from the past and resilience against the noise and clutter that once said 'Columbus City Schools is broken beyond repair.' Well, not anymore. Over these past four years, we have rebuilt the integrity of our data systems and aggressively implemented new processes and procedures and people that review, secure and improve the collection and reliability of all student information."

Good talked about the support of last fall's levy as an indication of the current state of the district. He said the district's success is seen not only in the security of data, but in student success and building changes.

Students in the Columbus City Schools return August 23 for the 2017-2018 school year.

After Good's announcement, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther credited the superintendent's work for Columbus students.

“I am grateful for the leadership Dr. Good provided to Columbus City Schools," Ginther said. "He took charge of Ohio’s largest school district at a particularly challenging time and helped restore its integrity. Under Dan’s guidance, the district expanded its number of high-quality pre-kindergarten seats and significantly improved third-grade reading scores. His team has transformed career-technical education, with nearly a third of high school juniors and seniors taking courses in highly-skilled, in-demand job sectors. The district has also more than tripled the amount of college credit students earn while still in high school. I appreciate Dan for his hard work, his commitment to the students and his partnership with the City of Columbus.”

Good's first work as a school administrator was as a principal in the Worthington City Schools. He left Worthington to join the Ohio Department of Education. He ran the Wooster City Schools for three years before coming to Westerville.

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