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SACS superintendent Downs to retire

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Longtime Southwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Phil Downs is retiring.

Downs announced his plans to the school board Tuesday night. He will retire at the end of the calendar year, on Dec. 31, 2021.

Downs did not provide a reason for the retirement. He has been in education for 31 years.

In a letter to SACS families, Downs said serving as the district’s superintendent was “a true honor and highlight of my career.”

Below is the letter:

Good evening, SACS families.

It is with deep appreciation and great respect I have for our SACS team, especially our families, that I share with you my intent to retire as superintendent December 31, 2021. 

Earlier this evening, I announced my decision to the SACS Board of Trustees during the scheduled board meeting. It is my belief the timing of my retirement announcement will allow the board ample time to fill the role of superintendent and ensure a smooth transition at the end of the calendar year.

The privilege of serving as SACS Superintendent continues to be a true honor and highlight of my career. Rest assured, in the days ahead, I remain committed to do what is best for students, staff and our community as we continue to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Thank you for your continued trust and support,

Dr. Phil Downs, Superintendent
Southwest Allen County Schools

SACS is already in a bit of a transition period, as the district is currently in the process of renovating and expanding Homestead High School. The $169 million project will result in a high school able to accommodate more than 3,000 students.

The school board will work to hire a replacement for Downs in the coming months.

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