Bittersweet goodbye for long-time educator who is retiring

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — It will be a bittersweet goodbye for Ozark City Schools because Superintendent Richard McInturf is retiring.

After 46 years of serving in education, McInturf is bringing his superintendent career to a close.

“Being in this position, being in the multitude of positions I’ve been in before or even before I came to Ozark, it’s been a great ride and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” McInturf said.

McInturf has served as superintendent for seven years at Ozark City Schools and has lived in the city for 15 years. He says it’s been a long, tumultuous, yet fun, journey but now it’s over.

“It’s probably time that we turn it over to some of the younger folks and take charge and move the system forward,” McInturf said.

Board officials went over the details of the superintendent contract Thursday night to make sure they find the right candidate. Colleagues of McInturf wish him the best and thank him for getting them through the COVID-19 crisis.

“I salute Dr. Mcinturf for carrying us through this journey,” said Theresa Locke, President of the Ozark Board of Education. “As a school board we certainly wish him the best on all the success.”

McInturf’s last day be September 30th. Officials believe that will give the board time to find a replacement by July 1st.

Once he’s officially retired, McInturf plans to relax.

“My wife and I will be leaving the area,” McInturf said. “We’re going to coastal North Carolina, a place we’ve vacationed at for 30 years and the dream has always been to sort of end up there.”

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