Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher announced on Friday that he will retire in January.
In a news release, Drescher stated that he was stepping away to spend more time with his wife Debbie, who is experiencing ongoing health issues.
“The stage that she is in now is accelerating my retirement plans so that we can enjoy more time together,” he said. “While certainly not the exact path I would be choosing, it is the right thing to do and I have no doubt will be best for all concerned.”
Drescher’s announcement comes as he begins his fifth year as superintendent for Warren County Public Schools.
“It has been a privilege to grow here professionally and our community has been a wonderful place to raise our two children,” he said. “We made many dear friends while being a part of a caring and child-centered school system that makes a difference in students’ lives every day.”
Drescher said he made his decision to retire a few weeks ago.
“[My wife’s] care has increased and it’s at the point where I need to make some decisions personally,” he said. “I want to spend some more time with her.”
On Friday, Warren County School Board Chairwoman Catherine Bower released a statement regarding Drescher’s retirement.
“On behalf of the Warren County School Board, it has been a pleasure to work with Greg Drescher as our superintendent for the last five years,” she said. “Greg has served in many other capacities throughout his more than 30 years of employment with our system. He has been professional in all of his duties. Most importantly, he always put the children of our county first. In addition, Greg’s background included many years as a teacher and principal and he understood the needs of the teachers. We will miss Greg and his leadership. We wish him the best and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
Drescher said he spoke with each of the School Board members individually in the past week regarding his retirement.
“I let them know this was coming and I didn’t want to take them by surprise,” he said. “They had been aware of my situation.”
Drescher’s retirement comes as the special grand jury investigation into the Warren County Economic Development Authority continues. The special grand jury was impaneled in late March to investigate any misfeasance and malfeasance, including possible embezzlement or misappropriation of public funds, by the schools, town, county, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the EDA. Drescher served as chairman of the EDA and was a board member.
On Friday, Drescher denied his retirement is related to the EDA investigation.
“In some ways, it would be easier for my life if it was,” he said. “This is a very deeply, personal reason. I’m stopping work in January so I can take care of my wife.”
Bower and Arnold Williams, a member of the Warren County School Board, also denied Drescher’s retirement is due to the EDA investigation.
“He’s looking out for his wife’s health,” Williams said.
School Board members Doug Rosen, James Wells, and Donna McEatheron were not available to comment on Drescher’s retirement as of press time.