Bryan City Schools Superintendent Diana Savage is set to retire, she announced at the weekly Bryan Rotary Club meeting on Friday.
While not an official action until approved by the Bryan City Schools Board of Education in the coming months, the announcement indicates a verbal bookend to a career that has spanned numerous roles at Bryan City Schools over the years.
Following her first teaching stint at Swanton Local Schools from 1989-98, Savage was first brought on in Bryan as a high school business teacher, a position she held from 1998 to 2001, before working as Bryan High School’s assistant principal from 2001-05, then BCS curriculum director from 2005-08.
In May of 2008, Savage was hired as district superintendent, a position she has held for nearly 12 years.
Still, she’ll have a little ways to go just yet.
“I will qualify for retirement in December 2020 and I wanted to make sure the board had plenty of time to make this as smooth a transition as possible and build on the foundation we have established here,” said Savage.
Savage has not formally announced any plans at this time, but says she intends to continue working following her retirement from BCS.
“I am just looking forward to seeing what opportunities exist for me and spending some more time with my family and looking for that next challenge,” said Savage.
Among other milestones of note, Savage’s tenure saw the complete overhaul of the district’s facilities.
That included the construction of a brand new middle and high school building first utilized in the 2016-17 school year, as well as the re-purposing of the former middle school facility into an elementary school first utilized in the 2018-19 school year.
Corresponding demolition work saw the razing of the century-old Lincoln Elementary in the winter of 2016-17, as well as Washington Elementary (built in 1952) in the fall of 2017 and the former Bryan High facility on Portland Street (built in 1958) in the winter of 2017-18.