Dr. Bill Cleveland, Homewood City Schools’ longest-serving superintendent with 12 years in that job, is retiring June 30.
“I chose education as my career in large part because of the positive experiences I enjoyed as a student in Homewood City Schools,” Cleveland said in a statement from the school system. “It has been a privilege and honor to serve a school system that I love and one that has given so much to me and my family. I only hope that I have given half as much to this wonderful institution.”
Cleveland has worked in education for 29 years and has been Homewood’s superintendent for the past 12 years. He joined the Homewood School System in 2004 as principal of Homewood Middle School, and later he went on to become assistant superintendent for business operations.
“Twenty-eight years of my life, more than half my life, have been associated with Homewood City Schools,” Cleveland said, “twelve as a student and sixteen as a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Each step of the way has proven to be better than I could have imagined.”
Although Cleveland became superintendent during statewide proration and a national recession, he focused on providing resources directly to the schools to ensure they had the tools they needed to help all students reach their potential.
Cleveland knew that flexible learning spaces and facilities equipped with state-of-the-art resources were needed to accommodate a growing student population. This summer, construction will be completed on a $55 million project that is focused on student growth.
Cleveland has served under six state superintendents during his time as Homewood’s superintendent.
Under Cleveland’s leadership, the Homewood School System continued to rise as one of the state’s best and one of the nation’s top districts.
HCS has seen many accomplishments, including: Best High School by U.S. News & World Report, National School of Character Award, a Best School District in Alabama, State Wellness Initiative awards, District with the Best Teachers in Alabama,100 Best Communities for Music Education, and State Department of Education Awards.
“This is a wonderful community that values children and education. For more than 16 years, I have had the incredible opportunity to serve Homewood, and I couldn’t be prouder of our Patriots,” Cleveland said.
Cleveland plans to join Lean Frog Business Solutions as the vice president of sales and operations, and he will remain a Homewood resident.
“I know we will continue to see great things from our schools,” he said. “We have so many strong leaders, and Homewood is fortunate to have outstanding teachers. I have great confidence that our schools will continue in excellence.”
HCS Board of Education President Charlie Douthit thanked Cleveland for his dedication to the students of Homewood.
“I certainly appreciate his leadership and the culture he has created and maintained within the Homewood system, both from a student perspective as well as an employee perspective. He has exemplified a love for people as he has connected well with the students and the faculty,” Douthit said.
“While this is a bittersweet day for the Homewood City Schools family, I think I speak for the board when I say we have full confidence in the remaining staff and faculty to continue to carry out the mission of Homewood City Schools – to educate and empower all of our students to maximize their unique potential. I am thankful for Dr. Cleveland’s steadfast leadership and love he has shown our schools and community for the last 16 years.”
– Submitted by Homewood City Schools