Galesburg Community Unit School District #205 will be looking for a new superintendent.
Bart Arthur said will retire in June, 2015, after a 31-year career in education. He’s been Galesburg’s superintendent for the past two-and-a-half years.
Arthur said while last month’s teachers’ strike was a factor, he had made the decision to retire before the strike, citing health issues.
“Last year I had a stroke, and my wife and I have decided that it’s probably time to retire,” Arthur says.
He added that by making the decision now, the school board will have an advantage in picking his replacement.
“Having a little extra time to get somebody hired, it’d be a good thing, because the pool would be much larger if they could advertise in the fall, rather than the spring.”
Arthur said discussions on the process to pick a successor have not started.