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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 3:37 pm | Updated: 8:21 am, Thu Feb 7, 2013.

Gilbert Unified School District will begin looking for a new superintendent now that the governing board has accepted Dave Allison’s letter of retirement.

Allison, who was named superintendent in 2008, sent the district governing board a letter Wednesday informing members of his intent to retire on June 30, the last day of his current contract.

The board voted 5-0 Thursday to accept his notice. Board president Staci Burk said in the next month or so the board will start outlining the qualifications it will look for in a new leader.

“I think the hope would be to have someone by July 1, but if not, we would get an interim,” she told the Tribune.

Allison, 65, read from his letter Thursday: “It is with mixed feelings that I inform you I will retire from Gilbert Public Schools June 30.”

His letter noted that he’d planned to retire two years ago, after his first contract, but the board persuaded him to stay on for another two years.

After Allison read the letter Thursday, board members expressed their appreciation for his work in the district the last 20 years.

“I’ve seen your leadership and strong passion for education,” board member Lily Tram said. “I along, with all your GPS family, am truly going to miss you. Thank you for all you’ve done for our students and your community.”

“You’ve left a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of many employees, staff, students, teachers and community members and I know that you have many great plans ahead,” Burk said. “I just want to thank you for all you’ve done for the district, all the many great changes you’ve implemented and the positive lasting impression you’ve left on this district.”

About 30 people were in the audience Thursday. They gave Allison two standing ovations.

There was no public comment during the meeting.

Burk said she asked about allowing public comments at Thursday’s meeting, but the board and district attorney, Susan Segal, recommended against it. Segal told the Tribune that special board meetings follow the precedent previously set by the board not to hold a public comment session.

Allison also sent a memo to staff members Thursday morning announcing his plans to retire.

The district governing board had until Jan. 31 to take any action on offering Allison another contract, based on board policy. The board held a closed-door meeting Jan. 29 to discuss Allison’s contract. A public meeting followed in which the board voted to table any decision on his contract until Thursday night.

In Allison’s memo to staff, he wrote: “Although it is relatively early in the school year for a retirement announcement, board policy mandated that the board had to decide on my contract by January 31. Because of this, I decided to make the announcement at this time. It also allows the board a significant amount of time to hire a new superintendent.”

After Thursday’s meeting, Allison was asked what advice he has for the district’s next leader.

“To work hard for the best school district in Arizona and to maintain that,” he said.

Board member Jill Humpherys said it will be sad to see Allison leave.

“He leaves big shoes to be filled. It will be difficult to find someone of his caliber,” she said.

Prior to serving as the district’s superintendent, Allison was Gilbert’s associate superintendent of administrative services. He served in many district leadership positions during his 20 years. During the last search for a Gilbert superintendent, the four finalists were all internal candidates.

His current salary is $155,000. A portion of his benefits and salary — 20 percent — is subject to performance pay requirements the state created in the last few years. The next superintendent will also be subject to pay-for-performance requirements.

 

Gilbert Unified School District will begin looking for a new superintendent now that the governing board has accepted Dave Allison’s letter of retirement.

Allison, who was named superintendent in 2008, sent the district governing board a letter Wednesday informing members of his intent to retire on June 30, the last day of his current contract.

The board voted 5-0 Thursday to accept his notice. Board president Staci Burk said in the next month or so the board will start outlining the qualifications it will look for in a new leader.

“I think the hope would be to have someone by July 1, but if not, we would get an interim,” she told the Tribune.

Allison, 65, read from his letter Thursday: “It is with mixed feelings that I inform you I will retire from Gilbert Public Schools June 30.”

His letter noted that he’d planned to retire two years ago, after his first contract, but the board persuaded

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