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PONTIAC -- Pontiac Grade School District 429 Superintendent Steve Graham says he will retire at the end of June.

"I have enjoyed my eight years at Pontiac," Graham said Tuesday afternoon. "I moved my retirement date up two years due to the failing health of my parents."

Graham, 62, was hired by the district in February 2004 after serving as superintendent at the Liberty school district in Adams County. He is in his 37th year in education and holds degrees from Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois universities.

He also has served as the director of Bloomington High School's vocational center and serves as a Heartland Community College trustee.

Graham said he will assist the school board and the new superintendent in a smooth transition.

The board, which accepted his retirement Monday, will use the Illinois Association of School Boards to conduct the search. Applications are due to the association by Feb. 27.

The board is expected to interview candidates in March and name the new superintendent in April.

Graham had been under contract through 2014.

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