Friday was Mytron Lisby’s last day working for the Vigo County School Corp., but he’s not ready to end his career in education just yet.

While he’s retiring from Vigo County schools, on Oct. 27 he’ll begin his duties as an assistant principal at Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee, Fla.

“I think it’s a very exciting opportunity,” he said, as he packed up his belongings in the General Services building. He’ll work with students in grades 6 through 12 at a magnet school that focuses on the arts — instrumental and vocal music, dance, art, technical theater and creative writing.

The school has 525 high-school and 225 middle-school students.

At age 58, “I’m not ready to retire,” he said. He’s excited about returning to the school setting and working with students and teachers.

Since July, Lisby has been the interim director of facility support and transportation. Earlier, he was director of secondary education for 14 years and principal at Terre Haute North Vigo High School for seven years.

In March, it was announced that Lisby intended to retire from Vigo County schools and move to Florida, where he has family. He is building a home in Winter Haven, about 50 miles south of Orlando.

Reflecting on the past 21 years, Lisby said, “I can’t believe it’s gone so fast — more than two decades. It’s been a great place to raise children and a wonderful place to work,” he said.

He said he’s made many good friends here, and he’ll miss his church, Memorial United Methodist.

The things he’s accomplished during his tenure have only come about with the assistance and involvement of many others, Lisby said. “No one does anything by themselves. It’s always a team effort,” he said.

Superintendent Dan Tanoos said Lisby “will be missed. He has spent 21 years of hard work and dedication as a principal, director of secondary education and interim director of general services. In every aspect, has done an incredible job,” Tanoos said. “We wish him the best.”

The school district is interviewing for a new director of facility support and transportation. “If we find the right person, we’ll make a recommendation to the School Board October 27th,” Tanoos said.

Franklin Fennell, the school district’s supervisor of security and support, has been serving as the “No. 2 in command” at general services, Tanoos said.

Fennell will manage general services until a new director is hired, Tanoos said. Fennell is not currently under consideration for that position, the superintendent said.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at (812) 231-4235 or sue.loughlin@tribstar.com.

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