Eric Hartwig to retire as Las Lomitas district superintendent

He headed the Las Lomitas School District

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.

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Posted by long time resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Eric Hartwig is a devoted public servant and great educator. All of my kids had him at MA. However, he has been well compensated with salary and benefits and he now will be drawing a pension while making no contribution. He may not even be 60 years old.

The pension system was meant as a safety net, not a profit platform. The chances are very good that he will take another job while collecting our tax dollars. He should wait until he is 67 years old to retire like the governeor is recommending for state employees.

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Posted by Educator
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Educators pay into their retirement system, STRS, and are fully vested at age 62 with 30 or more years of service. Ronald Regan passed the Windfall Initiative, NOT allowing educators to receive Social Security. There is a sliding scale based on your STRS retirement amount. For example: if you have held jobs where Social Security was taken from your wages and you qualify for the full compensation, a teacher will only be allowed between $100 and $200, etc. Regan called it "Double Dipping". Even some teachers who work at a second job to supplement their income are shocked when they retire and find out they are not allowed the qualifying amount for Social Security. Teachers/educators are not in the same category as police, fire, and other state workers. Educators are also restricted to a maximum amount that you can earn once you take your public school retirement.

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Posted by David Henig
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I want to thank Eric for his many years of service to our community and to our schools. It has been a pleasure to work with him and I wish him well, regardless where his path leads him after leaving Las Lomitas. Thank you Eric.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Its unfortunate that "long time resident" is such an uninformed citizen. Please do not lump educators in with the rest of the public employees. It is an entirely different ballgame.

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Posted by thank you
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Dec 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Thank you for your ==B many years== service to the community:
* Superintendent of the Las Lomitas School District
* Former principal of Menlo-Atherton High School
* 36-year career as a teacher and school administrator

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 29, 2012 at 1:38 am

Time to take the ride on the gravy train....

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Posted by Former Student
a resident of another community
on Nov 1, 2015 at 10:48 pm

He was an assistant principal back in the 90s. He phoned it in and was not respectful to students. Can't believe he became a superintendent... Good riddance.

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