After 16 years as superintendent of the Greendale School District, William Hughes has announced his resignation effective July 1, 2012.
“Serving as Superintendent of the Greendale Schools has been a great honor and a defining part of my life,” Hughes said in a release. “I have been proud of my contributions to the long tradition of success in the Greendale Schools.”
Hughes served the district as superintendent since 1996 and is leaving the district to work as director of leadership development with Schools That Can Milwaukee.
“This is an ordered and well-considered departure and a friendly parting of the ways,” said School Board President Joe Crapitto. “Choosing Dr. Hughes' successor will be the most important decision this Board will make in the upcoming months. It will be so for obvious reasons, not the least of which is the combination of care, wisdom, discretion, and commitment he has demonstrated during his many years of service to our district and community. The Board thanks Dr. Hughes for his years of service to Greendale schools and wishes him well as he pursues new opportunities.”
Schools Than Can is a national not for profit organization that works to “form collaborative networks of high-performing inner city schools to grow low-income families’ access to quality schools nationwide.”
“The timing was right,” said Hughes. “I am leaving to pursue work that I am passionate about, and I am confident that I leave the district in a strong position to move forward.”
Crapitto and the board will seek to make the transition as smooth as possible for the community.
“Greendale residents have high expectations of their school district. The Board understands and values that,” added Crapitto. “The Board, Dr. Hughes and the administration will work hand in hand to get the transition right for families, students and staff.”
Hughes' current position at the Greendale School District pays about $163,000 annually, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.