Vici Geer, London school board president, and Steve Allen, district superintendent, will retire from their respective duties at the end of the year.
Vici Geer and Steve Allen presided over their last London school board meeting on Dec. 13.
Geer, who served as board president this year, is finishing her 12th year as a board member. She did not run for re-election. Allen, who has served the district as superintendent for the last five years, is retiring at the end of December.
Since becoming a board member, Geer has served with 12 different school board members and been board president three times.
“Having served as president before, I know how much work, time and dedication it takes, and this has been an especially challenging year, said board member Melissa Canney in recognition of Geer.Youve shown leadership when we needed you to and youve been a team player when weve needed you to be.
Canney praised Geer for bringing her teaching background and passion for the community to her job as a board member. Geer was an educator and school administrator for 37 years, 36 of them in London. She is a lifelong resident of the area and a London High School graduate.
“This really is a happy day, said Geer, who is thrilled to be moving into her new role asinterested bystander.
Of her last term on the board, she said,Its not been easy.
Yet nothing raises her ire more than someone who says,Why on earth would you want to be on school board?
“We need more people who say, ‘I want to help, she said.
In accepting a parting gift from her fellow board members, she told them,I wish you all luck. I know youre sitting in the hot seat now, but I know you will come through with flying colors.
Prior to his time as London City Schools superintendent, Allen was principal of London High School from 1991 to 1998. In a send-off speech to him on Dec. 13, Geer recalled those days.
“I was assistant principal when he came in as principal… I wasnt sure about working for someone younger than me, she said. Upon meeting Allen though, she said he made a good first impression and it stuck.
When Allen left the district for another position in education, Geer said their relationship changed to that of friends. The dynamics changed again when Allen returned to the district as superintendent. Geer was already serving on the board.
“I had to remember, he sort of worked for me now, Geer laughed.
In thanking Allen for his service to the district, Geer praised him for inspiring the staff and inspiring positive change.
“You are a real leader. You are the real thing, she said.You are leaving London City Schools a better place.