Greenley stepping down as SOLSD superintendent
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District (SOLSD) Superintendent Jeffrey Greenley will step down from his position after accepting the position of superintendent in the Belpre City School District.
The Belpre Board of Education approved Greenley during its meeting Monday, Dec. 17.
Greenley said the decision to take the position in Belpre was hard to make.
“I’d like to say what a difficult choice it was,” Greenley said. “I sincerely loved working with my team here. I’ve watched people sacrifice to bring to fruition the dream we’ve created for the district.
“In the end,” he added, “I thought this was the best for my entire family to move to a district with more access for the resources my children need and bring balance to my family.”
Greenley came to the district in July of 2016 as human resources director. He was named interim superintendent Dec. 9, 2017, following the resignation of former superintendent John Hall and was approved as superintendent Jan. 24, 2017.
He said one of his proudest accomplishments was creating a district leadership team throughout the district.
“(The district leadership team) was a joy to work with,” Greenley said. “I believe in the teachers (who made up the team). They sacrificed their time for the good of the district. I was proud to have those professionals leading the way through the decision-making process.”
In addition, Greenley was thrilled to see the expansion of music education in the district.
“I’m proud of the music program we brought back,” he said. “The district musical was sheer joy for me to see. Those students had no (opportunity) to show their talent. That was really great.”
He was also pleased with the advancement of curriculum at Swiss Hills Career Center, crediting District Career Readiness Advisor Mark Romick and Directors Jeff Dunn and Marc Ring.
“Swiss Hills is a hidden gem of the district,” Greenley said. “It’s a key to the district’s success. I’m proud of the work we’ve done there.”
Greenley will assume his new position Feb. 1.
In the interim, he will continue in his current position, while transitioning leadership.
He felt the logical choice for his interim replacement would be current Assistant Superintendent Rob Caldwell. However, the SOLSD Board of Education will not officially take action on any replacement, interim or full-time, until it accepts his resignation during its special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Greenley said the transitioning process will begin immediately, and he will continue to support the school district in any way he can throughout the remainder of the current school year.
“I’ve offered to work with them as much as they need or request,” Greenley said. “Obviously it can’t be five days a week (after Feb. 1). I’ll work with Rob, if he is named interim superintendent and help him behind the scenes as much as I can.”