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D-11 superintendent Nicholas Gledich announces retirement

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Nicholas Gledich retires in July. - COURTESY D-11
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  • Nicholas Gledich retires in July.

Colorado Springs School District 11 superintendent Dr. Nicholas Gledich has announced he'll retire June 30 after 45 years in the education field and nine years with D-11.

Gledich, who was honored by Education Week magazine's 2014 "Leaders to Learn From," made the announcement in a Feb. 14 letter to the board of education. "The tremendous level of district and community support has been especially meaningful to me," he wrote. "Throughout, I have experienced a level of support most superintendents can only hope for during their careers."

During Gledich's tenure, the district closed Wasson High School and several elementary schools. But Gledich also oversaw the creation of the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus, which offers non-traditional education in Wasson's former building. The departing leader also saw many honors in his time, including seven "teacher of the year" awards in the district, and recognition for two National Blue Ribbon Schools.

In addition, last fall, voters approved a $42 million mill levy override to fund new technology, building improvements and other changes.

The board hasn't yet announced how it will search for a new superintendent.

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