Mike Melton, who has been principal of Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park since July 2009, announced Wednesday that he plans to retire effective June 30, 2012.
"After nearly four decades in education and with great contemplation, I have decided it is time for me to retire," he said in a Jan. 11 email to the Hillview community. "My wife, Nancy, has been waiting 38 years to have me home, and we are both extremely excited about the new adventures that lie before us."
Mr. Melton was an administrator for more than 20 years, and was a leader in the California Alliance for Middle Schools, an organization that investigates best educational practices for middle school education.
The Association of California School Administrators once named Mr. Melton "Placer County Administrator of the Year" and Northern California's Administrator of the Year.
Prior to his years as a school administrator, he spent several years as a drama, band and choral music teacher.
Before becoming Hillview's principal, he was principal of Granite Oaks Middle School in the Sunset-Whitney area of the Rocklin Unified School District.