A long-time Topeka Public Schools leader will retire after this year.
Dr. Terry Sandlin is Associate Superintendent of Instruction and Learning for USD 501.
The 65-year old started with the district 40 years ago as a high school science teacher. He's served in various capacities over the years, including interim superintendent during the 2007-2008 school year, while the district conducted a search that ended with hiring Dr. Kevin Singer for the position permanently.
Sandlin says the district's offering early retirement to administrators as part of budget cutting measures, so he's taking the opportunity to step away a year earlier than planned.
He says he plans to audit some university classes and do some volunteering.
"Learning is living for me. If stop learning, what's the point of living?" he said. He added it's important to him to be involved in the community in a meaningful way, making a difference.
Sandlin's retirement is effective June 30th.