Melissa Conrath will retire as Worthington City School
District superintendent in mid-October.
"It was a very difficult decision to retire this year,"
Conrath said. "I have spent the last 361/2 years in public
education, so it is very difficult, but I know that this is
the right decision for me and my family."
Conrath has served as superintendent of Worthington schools
for six years.
Prior to her position in Worthington, Conrath was
superintendent at Big Walnut Local Schools for 11 years.
"Having the opportunity to finish my career in education in
Worthington is a real privilege," she said.
Conrath said school board members will begin the search for
a new superintendent soon and hope to hire someone who will
begin working in August.
Conrath plans to work with that new superintendent until her
"It was the interest of the board members that they have
some overlap to help with the transition," she said. "We
also will have a number of district-level positions that
will turn over this year, because many administrators are
getting close to retirement time."
Conrath said she has not yet decided what retirement will
"I'll be opening up a new chapter in my life, but I'm not
sure yet what that will be," she said.