Nov 14, 2012 11:19 AM by Beth Beechie (beth@krtv.com)

Crawley proud of tenure as Great Falls Public Schools superintendent

Great Falls Public Schools superintendent Cheryl Crawley announced her retirement plans at a school board meeting on Monday night.

Crawley says she was brought into the Great Falls School District to mentor new administrative members in 2007 under a three year contract, and now it's time to retire.

She will hand over the reins in July, six years after taking over the district's top position, and says that she is proud of the improvements she's seen in that time.

Crawley has 19 years of superintendent experience and says she stayed here twice as long as she had originally planned to.

She says she feels comfortable leaving the district to the team she's helped put into place: "The team here that I've been mentoring is such a wonderful team and they are so ready. They're going to take this district to great places that we hadn't even dreamed of when we started together."

Crawley's time with Great Falls Public Schools has come with its ups and downs.

Administrative changes within the middle and high schools sparked some controversy, and abuse scandals rocked both North Middle School and Great Falls High School.

Crawley hopes to end her final year on a high note, focusing on lowering the drop-out rate and ending the culture of bullying.

Crawley says she plans to stay in Great Falls after retirement.


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