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By Matt Birkholtz

The Grant County Board of Education will have a new superintendent when the 2011-2012 school year starts, as superintendent Michael Hibbett announced his retirement at the board meeting Nov. 11.

Hibbett said that he felt now was a good time to make the announcement to give the board of education time to find his replacement.

“In the school business, there is a long drawn out process to find a new superintendent,” he said.
Hibbett, however, said he didn’t want to make his announcement too early, but felt that being in the second nine-week period of the school year was the right time.

Hibbett came to the Grant County School District three and a half years ago after serving as assistant superintendent in the Boone County School District.

What drew Hibbett to Grant County was the opportunity to bring energy to the job as superintendent.

“When they selected me, they wanted to energize the district and that is my personality,” he said.

During his tenure as superintendent, Hibbett has developed the Grant County Technical Center that is still currently under construction, a new press box for the football stadium.

“I don’t like to promote myself, but I would say my biggest accomplishment is getting credited educators with a passion and moving them to exceed as top 20 school district,” he said.
Diane Reed, the chairman for the board of education is fond of what he has been able to do here at Grant County.

“Hibbett came into Grant County during trying times and didn’t skip a beat,” she said. “He raised expectations and set clear student achievement goals. He is driven by what is best for the students.”

Hibbett’s plan after this school year are uncertain, but he has some interests that he would like to pursue.

“I would like to teach at the college level at a small college, teaching undergraduates,” he said. “I know I won’t want to be a superintendent again.”

Hibbett says that this community is a great one for families to move to and that when parents move into the district, they will find a good quality district.

“They have location and all of the resources you need to raise children,” he said.

What Hibbett advises the community to do when the board selects the new superintendent is to support them.

“Grant County will have to embrace the new thought of education,” he said. “If the community doesn’t want it, it’s not going to happen.”

Editor's Note: This story ran in the Nov. 18 issue of the Grant County News.