The Board of Education held a special recognition Tuesday to honor Kevin D. Case for 10 years of service as Superintendent of Canton Schools.
In addition to current board members, several administrators, a few teachers and former board members gathered for a brief celebration.
In honoring Case, board chair Julie Auseré referenced a press release sent out in October 2006 when Case was hired to lead Canton schools.
“It also described Kevin as a creative, energetic and exceptional leader that believes the most effective schools are student centered and the good news I can report tonight is that he is still that same person,” Auseré said. “For 10 years he has brought all of that to our district.”
“I would call Kevin a true servant leader,” she added after reading some remarks from others in the district. “I think everything he does and the way he leads our district is with service.”
Prior to coming to Canton, Case served six years as supervising principal at Squadron Line Elementary School in Simsbury.
In a career that dates back to 1990, he has also served as an elementary school teacher in Harwinton and Burlington, a teacher and elementary school principal in Warren, vice principal at Squadron Line, and principal at Torringford Elementary School in Torrington.
He also has a bachelor’s in elementary education from Central Connecticut State University, a Master’s and certificate of advanced graduate study from the University of Hartford. Additionally he attended the executive leadership program at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education.
Among those in attendance were Susan Crowe and Carlene Rhea, board of education members at the time of his hiring.
“You took a chance on a person who had never been superintendent of schools,” he said. You showed faith in me and I can’t thank you enough.”
Case also thanked his family, staff, administrators, current and past board members and chairs, President of Education Association of Canton Susanne Russell and numerous others.
He called his time as one of personal and professional growth and said the work is far from done.
“This position has been very, very challenging and continues to be challenging – every day. That what’ keeps me getting up every day but as challenging as it ism it is that much rewarding and more so,” Case said. “I thank all of you so much. I look forward to our continued work here together. My job my is certainly not done. We have plenty more to do but I appreciate you recognizing my 10 years here.”