West Valley Superintendent Polly Crowley announced Wednesday that she will retire.
“What a pleasure and honor it has been to serve our children and our community,” Crowley said in a statement during the regular school board meeting. “I have the deepest admiration and respect for your willingness to take risks, for your continual hope, creativity and excitement to make magic happen in our schools. My words cannot begin to convey my thankfulness for your influence on my learning and my life’s journey.”
Crowley, 65, started at the West Valley School District in 1995. She worked as a high school assistant principal, assistant superintendent for instruction and become the superintendent seven years ago.
She graduated from the University of Idaho. Her first teaching job was a home economics class in the same department her mother taught in at Moscow High School.
She taught at Spokane Community College and North Idaho College and returned to learn to teach math. She taught middle school in Post Falls before earning her doctorate from Gonzaga University and moving to West Valley High School.
“I have been contemplating retirement for a while,” she told the board. “It is not an easy decision to make. However, with the recent passage of both levies, the community continues to endorse and reaffirm our work, so I rest easier.”
Crowley will step down after the end of the school year, June 30.