LORDSTOWN Schools chief plans to retire

The superintendent offered to help board members in their search for his replacement.
LORDSTOWN -- Ray Getz figures 35 years is enough.
"I thought about it for a while, but there's really not much incentive to stay after 35 years," the Lordstown schools superintendent said of his decision to retire from education.
"Besides, I think it's time to give a chance to the young people in this field."
Getz, 56, announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, at Tuesday's board of education meeting. The letter of resignation was approved by the board.
A Lordstown High School graduate, Getz spent the bulk of his career -- from 1971 until 1994 -- in Struthers as a teacher and administrator.
He also worked in the McDonald School District before returning to Lordstown.
He often jokes about how he needed to stay away for 30 years before returning so his old teachers wouldn't remember him.
"And I sometimes confuse people," he said. "They hear I've worked in Struthers and then in McDonald and now Lordstown, but I live in McDonald and grew up in Lordstown.
"To me, though, the whole Mahoning Valley is home," he said.
Some tough times
Throughout his career, Getz has faced some tough times:
Taking over the McDonald post as the steel mills were closing, throwing the district into uncertainty, and most recently when he took over at Lordstown, where a loss of taxes put the district into financial crisis, which it's just now starting to overcome.
In his letter to the board, Getz thanked those who worked with the district to lift it "from the depths of despair and turmoil to a new era. You lifted me up, too."
Getz, who thinks Lordstown will attract solid candidates for the post, offered his services to the board in the hunt for a new superintendent.
"I'm really going to miss it, but there are other interests I want to pursue," he said.
Getz's resignation is the third such announcement from area superintendents.
Richard Denamen announced his retirement from Austintown schools earlier this week, and Youngstown Superintendent Benjamin L. McGee informed board members last month he would retire at the end of next school year.

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