Statement: Retirement of Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris

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September 20, 2012

Contact: David Quolke, 216-513-3747

David James, 330-990-5808

Ohio 8 Statement Regarding the Retirement of Columbus SuperintendentGene Harris


"While her retirement is a loss to Ohio's public education community, her 37 year tenure in public education includes numerous professional accolades as a teacher, Principal, and most recently as Superintendent.  The longest serving urban school Superintendent in Ohio, Dr. Harris has transformed Columbus City Schools into a district that has achieved academic success despite challenges faced by many of her students. This work can only deepen our appreciation and respect for her dedicated service to public education in the state of Ohio, Columbus City Schools, and the City of Columbus-the community in which she was born and raised. The Ohio 8 wishes Dr. Harris the best in her retirement and we look forward to the generations of students, teachers, staff, and colleagues she has inspired throughout her impressive career."

 Ohio 8 Coalition Co-Chairs:

David James, Superintendent, Akron Public Schools

David Quolke, President, Cleveland Teachers Union


The Ohio 8 is a strategic alliance composed of superintendents and teacher union presidents from Ohio's 8 urban school districts - Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown.