Roy Moss, retired superintendent of the Grain Valley School District, gets a hug from Phyllis Barker, his secretary when Moss was superintendent at North Callaway for five years before he left for Grain Valley in 2009, during a reception Friday afternoon at Grain Valley North Middle School to honor Moss.

The 32-year educator had announced last fall that his anticipated retirement would come at the end of the 2016-17 school year, his eighth at the helm. However, he resigned in mid-February due to changes in his health from cancer treatments he has received for about a year now. Marc Snow, who had been superintendent for finance and support services and was designated Moss' second-in-command and eventual successor, is now the superintendent.

During Moss' tenure in Grain Valley, student enrollment has grown by more than 1,000 students and the district has built the North Middle School, the Early Childhood Education Center and a new transportation facility and began the long-range plan for the high school campus. Moss was named Missouri Superintendent of the Year in 2015. Guests watched a video tribute featuring words from Moss' family, friends and colleagues before enjoying appetizers and cake and ice cream. [Mike Genet/The Examiner]