Eric Hartwig, the superintendent of the Las Lomitas School District since 2007, has announced his plans to retire next June.
The former principal of Menlo-Atherton High School will be wrapping up a 36-year career as a teacher and school administrator, he said in a letter to district parents and staff.
The school board approved Mr. Hartwig's request to retire at the end of the school year when it met Wednesday night (Dec. 14), and has appointed board members Ann Jaquith and Jay Siegel "to organize a search process that will bring a new superintendent on board by July 1, 2012," according to an announcement released by the district this morning.
In his letter, Mr. Hartwig said his decision to retire was made "with very mixed feelings, as I take great satisfaction in my work and have enormous affection for our families and staff."
But circumstances were right for the move, he explained. "The timing is perfect for me -- my wife is now teaching part-time, we are new grandparents, and I have a variety of personal and professional projects on the burner -- and the timing is good for our district, as we are on the verge of launching a new strategic plan."
Board President Maria Doktorczyk said in the district's press release: "We thank Mr. Hartwig for his service to our District, and we wish him well in his retirement. He has skillfully guided our District through difficult financial times enabling us to continue to provide a high quality education to all our students."
Just prior to his appointment as the district's superintendent, Mr. Hartwig worked for the Sequoia Union High School District, serving nine years as principal at M-A, and three years as the district's director of student services.