Superintendent Tammy Mason announces retirement

Superintendent Tammy Mason announces retirement
Posted on 01/28/2020
During tonight’s Arlington Community Schools monthly board meeting, Superintendent Tammy Mason announced that she will retire on June 30, 2020 after a 34-year career in education.

“This decision certainly does not come without mixed emotions,” Mason said. “What started as a three to four-year plan for me, turned into six and a half years because of the wonderful work our teachers, students and staff have been able to accomplish. Working with children and some of the most passionate educators has been ever-so rewarding, and I look back on my time as an educator with great fondness.”

Ms. Mason was named the first superintendent of ACS by a unanimous vote of the Board in December 2013. Under the leadership of Ms. Mason, ACS has been designated an Exemplary School District (2015), had nearly 10 Reward School designations since 2013, been voted a Top Workplace by employees for two consecutive years (2018, 2019) and has been nationally recognized with Donelson Elementary School being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

During her tenure, Ms. Mason has guided the district in becoming a 1:1 iPad school system, implemented STEM in grades K-12, expanded College & Career courses to include 31 college-level courses and 11 career pathways, and oversaw more than $15 million in Capital Improvement Projects, including the construction of the AMS gymnasium, ACS District Office, bus lot, the beginning phase of the AHS indoor athletic facility, and more.

“We’re certainly celebrating Ms. Mason’s tenure and this next phase in her life, but we also know we have big shoes to fill,” said ACS Board Chairman Scott Benjamin. “Under Ms. Mason’s leadership, ACS was successful in its launch and has continued to thrive and compete with the best of the best statewide. Her legacy will not only speak to the strong foundation she leaves behind but also to the resilient student-focused, educational teams she has assembled.”

The ACS Board of Education has scheduled a work session on Wednesday, February 12th to discuss its next steps in selecting a new superintendent.

In her letter to staff, Ms. Mason spoke about her passion for education and how it leaves a lasting impact on the community.

"That's what I'll miss most: helping students realize their potential," she said. "As educators, we have the incredible honor of shaping and building lives and giving children hope. I'll forever be grateful to know I was a part of a life-changing institution."

Ms. Mason will finish her term through the end of the fiscal year while the Board of Education conducts its superintendent hiring process.

"I am so excited for the future of this district, the place I've called home for so many years," she continued in her letter to staff. "I'm proud of the work I've accomplished, but more so, I'm proud of the work you [ACS employees] have done. You have helped build a foundation that will lead to successes for many, many years."