Huber Heights Superintendent Sue Gunnell was sent off with tears and emotional tributes from community members, staff and faculty.
Tuesday was Gunnell’s last school board meeting as superintendent after seven years in the position and nearly 35 years with the district. Mario Basora, the new superintendent, will take over Aug. 1.
His first meeting as superintendent will be Aug. 8. Basora is the former Yellow Springs superintendent.
Kathleen Bledsoe, a science teacher at Wayne High School, thanked Gunnell as an employee and a parent. Bledsoe and her husband Kelly, who sits on the school board, have four children, one who has special needs.
“Mrs. Gunnell looked at my son as a person, not a problem,” Bledsoe said.
Bledsoe said she started a program called STEM Day in the Park at Shullgate Park, of which Gunnell was extremely supportive.
“It has been a privilege to work with Mrs. Gunnell. She’s more than a boss, she’s become a friend,” Bledsoe said.
Gunnell started with Huber Heights as a school psychologist intern. She was later a supervisor of special education, director of student services, assistant superintendent of operations and served the last eight years as superintendent. She was also a teacher at Northridge Local Schools from 1980 to 1984.
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