Traverse City Area School Superintendent Cousins to retire

Cousins plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cousins says he plans to retire from the district at the end of the school year.

Cousins has agreed to continue to lead the district, as the Board of Education begins the process of selecting a new superintendent.

"I have had a long career filled with many wonderful moments, and I have always kept in mind what a privilege it is that you allow us, educators, to help shape the dreams of your children," Cousins wrote in a letter. "Throughout my tenure I have been sustained by the faith in a teacher's ability to change the life of a child for the better. It is why I became a teacher. "

"The Board of Education would like to thank Mr. Cousins for his exceptional leadership of the district over the last four years," said Kelly Hall, President of the TCAPS Board of Education. "Steve's commitment to delivering high quality educational programs, while at the same time balancing the district's budget for the fist time in more than a decade, made him an asset to TCAPS and to our Community. We will miss him and wish him all the best of luck in future endeavors."

Cousins who has served as Superintendent for the last four years says his retirement will be effective on July 1, 2014.