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Superintendent announces retirement in 2020

Posted Wednesday, July 3, 2019 — 


Geneva City School District Superintendent Trina S. Newton will retire at the end of the 2019–20 school year.


Ms. Newton announced her retirement at the July 2 board of education meeting.


“I am extremely grateful to the board for granting me the opportunity to serve this community; it would be difficult to overstate how fortunate I feel to have spent the final years of my career serving Geneva’s children,” said Ms. Newton in a letter to the school board.


“Having worked with Trina for the last four years has been quite a positive experience,” said Board of Education President José Canario. Dr. Canario is in his fourth year on the school board and was elected board president at the July 2 meeting. “She always has children’s safety first and foremost in her mind,” he said. “At the same time, she’s always looking for the best opportunities for students.”


“I loved working with Trina,” said former Board President Josie Guard. Mrs. Guard left the school board this year after serving for 21 years. “I think she was great for the district—she’s built a good team.”


With Newton, she said, it was always about putting students first. “I think it’ll be hard to find another Trina,” Mrs. Guard added. “She was really invested in the community and the district.” Mrs. Guard also praised Newton’s efforts to support and encourage community involvement in the schools through outreach and communications. “Thanks to her, we were able to get out what was really going on in the Geneva City School District,” she said. “I will miss her.”


Canario called finding Ms. Newton’s successor a “daunting” task. “At least we have a good foundation to go by, and a good model of what we want to come after her,” he said. The board will begin working on a timeline for a superintendent search at the board of education retreat later this month.


“I’ll miss her,” Dr. Canario said. “I appreciate all the work she’s done for the school and community.”

Ms. Newton’s last day will be June 30, 2020. She joined the district in 2012.