Ridgefield superintendent to retire

Edgerly has spent 33 years in education

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Ridgefield School District Superintendent Art Edgerly announced his resignation and retirement at Tuesday evening's school board meeting. The board unanimously approved his resignation, which is effective at the end of this school year, June 2014.

"I'm truly grateful to have the opportunity to serve such a great community like Ridgefield," Edgerly said in a news release sent late Tuesday. "The overwhelming support and commitment to public education from this community is second to none."

Edgerly has been superintendent since 2007. His 33 years in public education began with teaching K-12 in the Battle Ground school district. He then served as principal of elementary and secondary schools in the Wapato School District, later becoming its superintendent.

During his time as Ridgefield superintendent, the district's state test scores improved across all grades. He also helped pass the district's first bond for school construction in 21 years. New facilities for all of the district's schools are expected to be completed by the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

After retiring, Edgerly plans to launch a professional consulting firm with a partner. The board of directors is tasked with finding his successor.