Arriving at Scottish Borders Council in 2002, the new director of education’s first job was to sort out a £4 million black hole in the department.
Twelve years on Glenn Rodger is taking early retirement and at his final meeting last week he received a standing ovation from councillors for the work he has done in not only getting the department back on track but leaving it in a strong place to move forward with the Curriculum for Excellence.
A £5 million cut in public services, a 10% increase in council tax and protests from hundreds of angry tax payers in the Borders was the backdrop to Mr Rodgers’ arrival at Scottish Borders Council - a baptism of fire due to financial mismanagement.
“My twelve years as director of education and lifelong learning in the Scottish Borders has been the highlight of my professional career,” said Mr Rodgers.
“It is the people around you that make things happen and I am fortunate to have been surrounded by excellent staff both in schools and in the education department. That being the case, I am sure that education in the Borders will continue to go from strength to strength in the future.”
Councillor Graham Garvie, convener of SBC said: “Glenn Rodger has dedicated his career to improving the education of children and has been a superb director of education and lifelong learning for the people of the Scottish Borders.
“He has been consistently bold in his thinking but has always sought to include teachers, parents and pupils in his vision for better education in the Borders. Whether at public meetings, face to face individual meetings, or giving advice to councillors, Glenn’s professional and approachable style has never failed to impress.”