Logan County Schools Superintendent David Godby will retire at the end of the 2007 school term, he said this morning in an exclusive interview with The Logan Banner.
Godby, who served as superintendent for five years, said the BOE accepted his request for retirement at last week’s meeting.
“I have officially retired,” Godby said. “I’d given the board members notice way back, but they accepted my letter at the last meeting.”
Godby, who is 57 years old, said he was eligible for retirement last year, but wanted to see projects started during his term completed. Last night, a tour of the new Chapmanville Regional High School was held and Godby attended.
“I probably would have retired last year when I became eligible, but we had these projects underway,” Godby said. “I didn’t want to leave with the new Chapmanville school unfinished. We had the opening of that school last night. I also wanted to get the Man Middle School project going. For that project, four additional classrooms and an auxiliary gymnasium will be built onto the school.”
Godby said being superintendent was rewarding, but was a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week job.
“It’s been very enjoyable most of the time and very rewarding,” he said. “It’s probably, without a doubt, the most intense position in the county and probably one of the most intense in the country. You are on call all the time. Whether it’s water leaks, bad weather, snow ... There’s no end to it. You get calls all hours of the night. But, that’s part of the job.”
Godby said he plans to take time off before deciding what his future holds.
“I plan to take some time off to rest and see if I want to get into something else,” Godby said.
“I can’t see me not doing something else, but I’m going to rest for a while before I make any decisions.”