Tom Spivey will retire as principal of Myers Park High School with more than 730 vacation days he never took.
Spivey said he does not like to take days off from the work he enjoys.
Spivey, 56, will retire July 1 after being principal for eight years and working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for a total of 34 years.
“I’ll miss the pace. There’s never a dull moment,” Spivey said. “I’ll miss the everyday interactions and bonds you build with kids and the staff.”
Spivey was a student at CMS from elementary to high school.
He said in a letter to students, faculty and parents that his decision to retire was difficult, but due to upcoming school construction plans and administrative changes it would be more beneficial for someone new to lead the school.
Spivey said he focused on increasing resources and programs for students, improving buildings, supporting at-risk students and rebuilding the school’s IB program.
“I hope my legacy is that Myers Park has grown and excelled and I made it more student-centered,” he said.
Assistant Principal Jason Kline said Spivey’s leadership improved the school by decreasing the achievement gap and raising teacher retention.
Myers Park, which has an enrollment of more than 2,600, has a four-year graduation rate of more than 90 percent, one of the highest in the state.
Spivey said he would miss many aspects of the job, such as attending athletic and club events and walking around the campus in the morning.
“And I’ll miss seeing students walk across the stage (at graduation) and they’re so excited about what life has to offer,” he said. “You see how everything culminates after 12 or 13 years of going to school here.”
“Nobody is more dedicated to CMS, to education and to Myers Park than Mr. Spivey,” said Kristen Lanier, assistant principal.
Spivey said he plans to relax, travel, and find new hobbies once he retires. He looks forward to attending the school’s athletic and cultural events as a spectator rather than supervisor, he said.
“After two weeks I’ll probably be bored and I’ll start looking for my next challenge,” Spivey said. “Hopefully it’s with students.”
Spivey lives in Weddington and has two daughters who graduated from CMS and Union County schools.
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