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Local Education

August 29, 2013

Chow finishes time as ACS superintendent

Superintendent finishes his time as ACS leader

ANDERSON — Sharing bowtie tips — and the story of a tie in soup — along with memories and farewells, Felix Chow walked the halls of Anderson High School for perhaps the last time as Anderson Community Schools’ superintendent.

Telling teachers and parents alike that he was there Tuesday night at the Powwow “to say hello and goodbye,” Chow made one of many visits to the district’s 10 schools before his last day Thursday.

Today, he’s packing up to prepare for his trip with wife, Ann, who's leaving the Alexandria Community School Corp. as its instructional technology director, to their new home in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Having served the district since 2010, Chow announced in July that he was stepping down as superintendent to enjoy retirement.

Now he has plans to become a “senior citizen student” and take violin lessons at the University of Michigan. Some of his fondest memories of Anderson involved his violin and participation in performances, such as a solo with the Anderson High School band.

“He’s a bright light and I hate to see that light go,” AHS U.S. history teacher Mike McKenzie said.

McKenzie, one of the teachers Chow stopped to chat with at the Powwow, had him come out to lecture about how a school board functions in relation to the government each year.

He said Chow “brought something ACS needed.”

The superintendent has been credited by members of the school board for bringing the district back from a $2 million deficit.

He’s had his critics, too.

But reflecting on his time as a school administrator, Chow said he was glad for the chance to step in and help struggling school systems.

“A look back at (my) career and I have become problem solver,” he said. “I didn’t get a call unless there was a mess.”

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