By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — FULTON, Ill. — After two years serving the River Bend School District, Superintendent Robert “Chuck” Holliday has announced his resignation.
At a River Bend School Board meeting this week, board members met with Holliday in closed session to accept the resignation of his three-year term at the conclusion of the current school year.
Neither Holliday nor board president Dan Portz cited any specific cause for the resignation, just that both parties are moving in different directions and now is the time to part ways.
“It’s a professional decision that benefits me and this board of education,” Holliday said. “I just believe it’s time to consider some other options personally.”
He also added that River Bend is a growing district and since he did not intend on staying for the long haul, now would be the best time for him to move along.
Holliday has served as the River Bend Superintendent for two full years, with August 2013 beginning the start of his third and final year.
Previously Holliday worked as a school principal in Ohio and Kentucky for many years before accepting his first superintendent position in Kentucky.
After spending 10 years as a superintendent in Kentucky, Holliday retired from the district office, only to discover that retirement was not the future for him.
“I don’t plan to retire. I have retired in Kentucky, and discovered that retirement is not a good thing for me,” Holliday said.
As for his future after River Bend, that option is still up in the air.
“My first thought is to continue into the field of education and I will pursue that aggressively but that will depend on what’s available and what is the right fit for me,” Holliday said.
Although his resignation has already been approved by the board, Portz expects the relationship between Holliday, the school board and school administrators to remain as it has in the past.
“Overall I think everyone worked well together over the past three years so I would expect nothing less than that,” Portz said. “He knows what our expectations are and he has a responsibility to do as well as we do.”
Holliday is happy with the work that he has been a part of at the River Bend District and is excited and optimistic to have a successful, final year.
“When it comes down to it (our job) is simply to support great quality education for our students,” Holliday said. “(And) I am and always will be grateful to have served this community and the wonderful students in it.”