Joliet Township High School Board of Education President Jeff Pierson announced his retirement Friday, saying in a news release that he would not seek re-election.
Under Pierson’s leadership, the district adopted its first strategic plan, prior to which the district was operating in the red with poor financial management, according to the release. School facilities were aging, and relations with the community were strained.
“Thanks to Jeff’s leadership as a long-standing board of education member, Joliet Township High School has become the school of choice for our community,” said Cheryl McCarthy, JTHS District 204 superintendent.
The district received prestigious national academic awards such as the 2017 College Board Advanced Placement School District of the Year for the number of students earning college credit while enrolled in high school. All of this was achieved with a balanced budget, even though the district only receives 58 percent of the amount the state deems necessary to adequately fund students’ education.
Pierson is a lifelong Joliet resident and an active member of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also serves as the vice president of the Rialto Square Theatre Board of Directors, serves as the Rotary Club of Joliet president and he is a board member for Guardian Angel Community Services.
“I am leaving at a time where we are in a good financial and academic state,” Pierson said. “I am confident that my fellow board members will continue this path of success.”