Mr. Traynor, 63, notified the school community with a letter in the school's Jan. 11 newsletter. "The time has come to move on," he wrote.
Likening his experience at the K-3 school to a good book whose story has run its course, he wrote, "Life will continue, and I will continue to hold the volume close; I will continue to review its contents in my heart; I will continue to wish that perhaps there might have been a few more pages."
Mr. Traynor was principal of a school in Carmel before coming to the head office at Las Lomitas, according to district Superintendent Eric Hartwig. He had been planning his retirement for two years, Mr. Hartwig said.
Mr. Traynor has done "a brilliant job with Las Lomitas," Mr. Hartwig said. "The school runs like a magic kingdom — it will have his stamp on it for years to come. ... We're going to be in his debt for a long time. He's a very talented and gracious man."
Mr. Traynor could not be reached for comment, but in his letter to the school community, he wrote: "While there were times that might euphemistically be called 'rocky,' and while there were disagreements along the way, and while everything did not always run the way I planned or the way I would have wished it, still, the vast, vast majority of the time I spent on this campus was joyous and invigorating and filled with wonder, thanks to an ever-changing, ever-wonderful student body, a host of supportive and cooperative parents, and the most talented and dedicated faculty and staff it has ever been my privilege to know and serve."