2 longtime Grove leaders plan to retire

Staff Writer

Two longtime members of the Valley Grove School District family have announced plans to retire.

Valley Grove School Board members on Monday accepted retirement letters of intent from Martin Aylesworth, the district’s coodinator of student services; and gifted facilitator Susan Martin.

Aylesworth will officially retire June 30, 2018, at the close of the 2017-18 school year after 26 years of service with the district.

“After much thought and deliberation, I feel that it would be in my best interests as well as Valley Grove School District’s best interests for me to finish the 2017-18 school year,” Aylesworth said. “It has been a pleasure to work at Valley Grove School District. I believe that when I retire, the district will be in good hands,” he added.

Aylesworth has also served as the district’s school psychologist and coordinator of special education during his time with Valley Grove.

Martin’s letter of intent says her retirement as gifted facilitator is effective Dec. 21. She has served in that role for more than 20 years.

In other business Monday, the board listened to a request to enter into an agreement with the Safe Schools Online Training System.

Administrators brought the system to the attention of Superintendent Kevin Briggs because they are seeking additional training for coaches.

“The software could also be used for compliance issues with teachers as well and it includes access to additional classes and training,” Briggs said.

The annual subscription would cost the district $550 per year.

Board members discussed the proposal and indicated a vote could come at a future meeting.

The board will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Valley Grove Elementary School gathering room.