Gay retires

Assistant Supt. LeVance Gay

Assistant Superintendent for Finance LeVance Gay is retiring.

The school board approved Gay’s retirement at a called meeting Monday morning. The announcement came following an 18 minute closed session to discuss personnel.

Gay’s official retirement date will be in February 2021.

Gay, 55, says he is thankful for the opportunity to have served Pierce County Schools.

”I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Pierce County Board of Education and the amazing colleagues (past and present) for the opportunities I have been given to work in service to the students of Pierce County.  I have truly enjoyed each opportunity I have been given over the years and I am proud of what we have accomplished together,” Gay said.

He has been with the school system for 27.5 years including the past nine as assistant superintendent for finance and Title IX coordinator.

Gay handled the financial arrangements for the construction of Midway Elementary and the new Pierce County High School and also guided the system through the recovery from two deep state budget cuts including the recessions of 2003 and 2008.

He began his career as a third grade teacher at the now closed Grady Street Elementary School. For 15 years he served the system as director of technology.

Gay and his wife, Suzanne, have one daughter, Rachel. He says he will be focusing on family time during his retirement.

The school system opened the position for rehire and an advertisement for the job is included in today’s edition.

In other business at Monday’s called meeting, the school board also approved the hire of Robert Jewell as a custodian at the high school.