by Geoff Fox
During the February 15 Washington County Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Boyd Michael announced his retirement after over 40 years with WCPS.
Michael was the principal at Hancock Middle-High School from 1994 through 1998. He was named superintendent five years ago.
In 2021, Michael recommended Hancock High School be closed and students transferred to Clear Spring. However, community pushback halted the effort and kept Hancock High School open.
During the meeting’s personnel action portion of the meeting, after board members voted on approving those matters, Michael announced he had one more personnel matter that involved him.
Michael read a letter he had submitted to BOE members stating it had been an honor to serve the teachers, students, and greater community as the superintendent of schools.
“Now in the latter half my 43rd year with Washington County Public Schools and my fifth year as superintendent, it is time to bring my career in education to a close,” Michael said.
He asked that the board accept his retirement, which would be effective July 1, 2022.
Michael also wanted to express his thanks to board members past and present who have placed their trust and confidence in him to make the best decisions for the good of Washington County students and school community.
Over the last 43 years, Michael said he made an “honest attempt” to approach all decisions and circumstances with a student first philosophy.
“I hope that my career has demonstrated my belief in creating a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, and growth among all partners in our school system,” he said.
Looking at where the school system is currently and looking forward, Michael said it is time for WCPS to transition to a new superintendent.
“There’s still much work to be done as we complete the school year and I assure this board I am committed to finishing strong,” Michael said.
As he finished, Michael received a standing ovation from board members and those in attendance.