LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County Public Schools educator who has spent nearly three decades researching and planning for the district announced his plans to retire from the district.

Bob Rodosky, chief of data management, planning and program evaluation for JCPS
-- notified the district and his staff Tuesday of his plans to retire, effective Aug. 1. 

"Congrats to Bob Rodosky on retirement," Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said Tuesday. "Bob has made great impact in JCPS, Kentucky and the nation. Best wishes in retirement."

His retirement means Superintendent Donna Hargens now has four key cabinet positions she must work to fill, Rodosky's position as well as chief business officer, chief communications and community relations officer, human resources director.

"Dr. Rodosky has had a tremendous impact on this District," Hargens said. "He has built great capacity in his team to ensure that data is always available to inform decisions. He is nationally known for his work. No one is more dedicated."

Rodosky has spent 32 years with the district. He is responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting institutional research for JCPS and implementing and reporting district-wide assessment programs
. He also oversees and advises the district's student assignment unit on demographic issues.

"Dr. Rodosky's vast knowledge on topics ranging from student assessment, accountability and the district's history is invaluable," said Carol Haddad, who spent 28 years on the Jefferson County Board of Education. "When you lose that kind of leader, you lose a lot."

Rodosky also played a key role in helping reform education across Kentucky. He served on some committees to help develop the state's new accountability system after the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 was passed by lawmakers.

"He was a good mentor to a lot of people and he was always honest, even when the truth sometimes hurt," Haddad said. "I appreciated that as a board member and so did many people in this community."

His retirement comes one day after the Jefferson County Board of Education approved Hargens' annual evaluation, saying she has accomplished "steady, continuous improvement" during her tenure with the district, but must focus on "internal initiatives" so she can deepen her success.

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