By ROBERT S. MERRILL
An “institution” at West Side School District announced his retirement this week.
Melvin Beutler, who has been superintendent for 25 years and with the district 33 years, announced to school board trustees he will retire at the end of the current school year.
Beutler, who is 65 years old, said “it’s time for some new blood in the district and time for me to move on.”
The veteran school administrator said the position is open and trustees ask him to write a detailed job description.
“The position is open. The district is currently taking applications. Trustees will begin the interview process on March 1, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled,” he said in a short statement.
Beutler has been with the district since 1979. He started his career at West Side in 1979 at the Weston Elementary School and taught there for two years. He transferred to the Clifton Elementary in 1981 and acted as a teaching principal there before being named superintendent in 1986.
During his tenure as superintendent Beutler also acted as principal of West Side High School for three years. He oversaw considerable building expansion of district schools.
• demolition of the old Weston and Clifton elementary schools.
• construction of the Harold B. Lee Elementary and middle schools.
• construction of a new high school gymnasium complex.
• construction of a new administration/band and fine arts building.
• construction of the Dahle Performing Arts auditorium.
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