CEDAR LAKE  — The school superintendent for Hanover Community School Corp. will retire effective July 3.

Thomas Taylor submitted a letter regarding his retirement to the Board of Trustees during its regular board meeting Tuesday.

Taylor, of Portage, who joined the school system in 2013, said he expects the district will experience "unprecedented" growth in the next few years.

"I want nothing more than to see the students and families of Hanover exceed beyond their wildest dreams," he said in a statement.

"It’s the perfect time to turn the leadership reign over to another strong leader who can meet the needs of our ambitious and talented students and dedicated staff for the next decade. I take pride in the work I’ve accomplished, and know I have laid the groundwork for Hanover Schools to succeed well into the future,” Taylor said.

School leaders said since joining Hanover Community School Corp., Taylor’s leadership resulted in improvements to the corporation including: the successful passage of a school referendum; improvements in curriculum with the addition of an assistant superintendent; a substantial increase in the number of teaching and support staff; a multitude of building and facility upgrades; and a healthy rainy day fund.

Officials say Taylor has overseen construction upgrades to state-of-the-art athletic facilities with improvements to Hanover’s football, soccer and softball stadiums, and the construction of the Hanover schools tennis complex which serves both the student and community populations.

During his tenure, Hanover has experienced steady growth, with multiple years of “A” designations from the Indiana Department of Education awarded to schools throughout the Hanover system.

In 2017-2018, Hanover Central High School joined other schools in Northwest Indiana with the implementation of 1:1 technology learning and in 2018-2019, Hanover Central Middle school will implement a 1:1 technology learning environment for its students as well. Professional Development and technology training has been vastly increased to ensure teachers and staff are supported and prepared to meet the needs of a technologically sophisticated student population, school leaders said.

Taylor said he and his wife, Judy, will spend time with their three adult children and nine grandchildren.

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