Howard Hyde ready for retirement

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EVART — After 34 years working in the education field, Evart Public Schools superintendent Howard Hyde is ready to set down his pencil for a well-earned retirement.

Hyde has experienced every challenge a superintendent in public education faces.

Having done so, he is more than ready to take the next step, which includes traveling around the country and relaxing.

"I'm ready to be done and relax a bit," Hyde said. "Years ago I would ask how people knew they were ready to retire and they told me I would just know. They were right, because I know I'm ready."

Hyde began his career as a teacher in the Hartford School District before coming to the Evart Public Schools district in 1988 as an assistant principal and athletic director.

He later became the high school principal and then in 1998, Hyde accepted the position as superintendent of Evart Public Schools.

Eighteen years later, he has experienced both the highs and lows of the job.

"I enjoyed seeing the new high school built, new ball fields be developed and watching all the students succeed," he said. "The biggest frustration as superintendent is dealing with the lack of funding for education, but I will miss the students and staff."

After Hyde retires in December, he plans to spend more time with his family, travel as much as he can, and possibly try out his pitching arm as a coach for a baseball or basketball team.

At the Evart Public Schools Board of Education Meeting on Monday, April 13, Hyde's retirement date of Dec. 31 was approved. In the coming months, board members will work to find a new superintendent to replace Hyde.