Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent Kevin Brinkman read his letter of retirement/resignation during Monday’s Ottawa Glandorf School Board meeting. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent Kevin Brinkman read his letter of retirement/resignation during Monday’s Ottawa Glandorf School Board meeting. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

 

OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent Kevin Brinkman said he has always appreciated the ongoing community support while he served as superintendent, Glandorf principal, and director of business. On Monday night he submitted his retirement resignation as superintendent of Ottawa-Glandorf Schools effective July 31, 2014.

“I will always keep a warm place in my heart for O-G and will continue to monitor all the success stories,” Brinkman said at the conclusion of a letter he read to the board of education.

Brinkman has served as the Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent for the past ten years.

He has been in education for 32 years including 23 years with the Ottawa-Glandorf School system. This has included serving as the principal.

“When I was first hired as Superintendent the district was faced with many financial challenges,” Brinkman said. “After working with the board of education and administration we were able to reduce the staffing levels which resulted in a substantial savings to the district.” Brinkman said while making these reductions the district was able to provide an excellent/excellent with distinction education for the students.

Brinkman spoke on taking great pride in playing a part in the construction of the two new elementary buildings and the remodeling of the high school.

“I have no regrets,” Brinkman said. “I always appreciated the support the community has given this school,” Brinkman said this has included school levies which most of the time received over 60 percent community support.

“Maybe the most rewarding aspect of being a part of the O-G District is knowing that I have had something to do with over 3,000 students gaining a high school diploma,” Brinkman said. “I always tried to keep the best interest of the students as my main focus as each decision was made.

Brinkman said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family, taking more vacations with his wife and “just being able to do the things I always wanted to do.”