• THANKS TO SO MANY PEOPLE for enriching my life. My retirement letter is shown below. However, there is still much work that will be done prior to July 31, 2023, and a reflection soon.
    Go Vikes!
    During my 35-plus years in education, I’ve known that making a difference each day in the lives of students, staff, family, and the educational community is the number one priority. While that reality may look different to each person, that singular goal is of utmost importance and one I have followed throughout my years.
    Serving as the superintendent of Princeton City Schools has been a highlight of my career. Leading a district that is so beautifully diverse, unique, complex, and ever-changing is an experience that I will never forget. In my eighth year in the district and the fifth year as superintendent, I am confident that Princeton is in a better place than when I first arrived. Working with an amazing team of teachers, staff, administrators, board of education, and the incredible communities that make up our district, we can boast significant accomplishments. These include the highest academic achievement in more than a decade; multiple awards and recognitions locally, statewide, and nationally; a renewed positive perception of Princeton; and an increased level of partnerships, innovative programming, and equitable opportunities that permeate our district for students.
    For the better part of my career, many people have suggested that I need a better work-life balance. They have encouraged me to spend time with family, take time for myself, get some rest, etc. I have seldom listened to that sage advice. Having the flexibility to spend additional time with my family, pursue other opportunities outside the superintendency, reflect, and write is critical for me. With that in mind, I am tendering my resignation to retire, effective July 31, 2023.
    Thank you for being so supportive since being named superintendent, entrusting me with leading a storied district, and helping me grow along the way. One of the first sayings I heard at Princeton was, “Once a Viking, always a Viking.” With three tremendous Princeton graduates as children and an exceptional district employee as my wife, my family and I will always be VIKINGS! And of course, as always, go Vikes!

    Tom Burton announces retirement as Princeton City School District Superintendent

    Princeton superintendent’s last day will be July 31

    Cincinnati, Ohio - November 7, 2022 - After more than 35 years in public education in Ohio, Princeton City School District Superintendent Tom Burton has announced his intention to retire in July 2023.

    “As a proven and dynamic school leader, Burton was adamant about living the district’s mission statement of ‘Empowering each student for college, career, and life success.’

    Serving as an educator since 1987 and at Princeton City Schools since 2015, Burton’s dedication to students has been evident in all that he has done.  His student-first attitude has helped create a collaborative environment that values each member of the educational community.    

    “As a board, we want to thank Tom Burton for his innovative leadership and service to the district,” said School Board president Susan Wyder, who added, “Tom’s passion and investment, not only in education as a whole but in our community, has been evident in all the relationships he has built.”

    Burton credits his colleagues and teammates for being recognized as Northwest Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Community Champion Award for 2021, the 2018 Business Person of the Year by the Sharonville Chamber of Commerce, winner of NASSP/MetLife Ohio Middle School Principal of the Year, recipient of the Gordon Vars Lifetime Achievement Award, and Ohio Educator of the Year by the Ohio Middle-Level Association. He was also inducted into the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

    “Any accomplishment that has taken place during my term as an administrator has been a collaborative effort of many people.  The students, staff, community, and Board of Education each play a role,” Burton said. “Accomplishments are always and will always be about the team. Since being named superintendent in 2018, I have been blessed to serve my community with an amazing team that has helped me learn and grow along the way.”

    Under Burton, academic programming, developing equitable opportunities for students, having multiple pathways for success, and increasing business/community partnership programs with local, regional, and global companies and organizations have been district hallmarks.

    “We have a lot of work to do before I leave, and I look forward to continuing to serve this incredible district through July.  We have amazing leadership across the district and a tremendous student-centered focus. I look forward to seeing that initiative continue to provide even more students opportunities to build and strengthen our community,” Burton said.

    Success has also been shown in the areas of gap closing and value-added growth on the 2022 State report card, where the district earned five stars in both areas. Princeton ranked 11th out of 847 public school districts and charter schools in overall growth. 

    The board of education accepted Burton’s retirement notice during the November 7th regular board meeting. All board members thanked Burton for his service.

    Burton has no plans to move away from the district. “When I moved my family down here from Cleveland seven years ago, I knew there was something special about the Princeton district. I am proud to say that my daughter, Cailey (2017), and two sons, Bryce (2019) and Tommy (2022), have graduated from Princeton High School.”

    Burton’s plans after retirement include spending time with his family, consulting, writing, and continuing to help leaders with special projects. 

    Wyder said plans to find Burton’s successor will be discussed in the near future, and a timeline will be shared with the community.


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