It’s just time.
That is how Woodmore school superintendent Jane Garling describes her decision to retire on June 30.
“A lot of birthdays have passed,” the educator said with a chuckle. Garling worked in the school district 17 years prior to being selected as superintendent four years ago.
Garling said she expects to enjoy retirement by spending a lot of time with family – especially her grandsons who attend Woodmore schools. That includes attending their hockey games – a luxury her schedule now doesn’t always allow.
“I live in the community, so I will be around,” Garling assured, adding she will likely volunteer for projects and events.
Before leaving, however, Garling will put all her energies into passage of a 2.99-mill emergency levy for the school district.
“We’ve been hurt pretty hard by the loss of tangible personal property taxes,” Garling said.
The state began phasing out the tax on business inventory and equipment in 2006. The tax will be gone by the end of 2011. Since the phase out began, Woodmore has lost more than $1.2 million.
Cuts elsewhere have also been severe. She noted the loss of Ohio Reads state funding has impacted all school districts.