Collierville Schools will host a public retirement reception on Sunday for Superintendent John Aitken in the Collierville High School cafeteria.

Doors will open at 1:30 and refreshments will be provided.

Brief congratulatory speeches from invited guests will begin at 2 p.m. and Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner will proclaim the day as “John S. Aitken Day” at 2:30 p.m. Aitken will then speak to those in attedance.

Guests will then sing “Happy Birthday” to Aitken since he will turn 61 on Sunday.

The Aitken family will receive guests and pose for photos until the school is closed at 4 p.m.

Aitken’s last day as Superintendent of Collierville Schools will be June 30. He made his decision to retire in February.

Although the superintendent’s current contract extends through June 30, 2020, the contract terms allow for his early separation by giving 60 days notice to the Board.

Aitken was formally employed by the Board of Education as Collierville Schools’ first superintendent on Jan. 1, 2014. He had previously retired after a 30-year career with Shelby County Schools that included successive roles as a classroom teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.

In addition to the successful establishment of the Collierville Municipal School District, Aitken’s major accomplishments during his tenure include the provision of digital learning devices to all students, significant expansion of work-based learning opportunities, and the design and construction of the new Collierville High School, which opened in August 2018.