A week after Aledo voters gave a $72.9 million bond package thumbs down, Superintendent Derek Citty announced he is stepping down.
Citty announced his retirement on Monday during a school board meeting. His retirement is effective at the end of this school year, according to a news release. Citty has been at the helm of Aledo schools since 2013. His official last day is June 30, 2018.
“After 34 years in a variety of roles, I cannot think of a better way to cap off my journey than to end my professional career as the superintendent of the Aledo Bearcats,” Citty said, in the new release. “It was a professional goal of mine to be a superintendent and I feel so incredibly fortunate it was here in such a wonderful district.”
Before coming to Aledo Citty had worked in several school districts in Texas and Oklahoma, including Southlake Carroll in Tarrant County and Durant schools in Oklahoma.
During Citty’s tenure, he developed a 10-year growth plan for Aledo schools. He also oversaw the 2015 bond program and the opening of Walsh Elementary in 2017.
School board members touted Citty’s efforts and dedication to Aledo schools.
“He has helped this district continue its commitment to excellence and build a foundation for our growth in the coming years. We appreciate his unending devotion to this community and 34-plus years of service to public education. We wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said Jay Stringer, Aledo’s school board president.
The announcement was posted on the school district’s website, Twitter and Facebook.