Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School Principal Michael Kirsch has announced that he will retire next June, at the end of this school year.
Kirsch announced his decision in a Sept. 7 letter to parents, written just days after the 2012-13, school year commenced. In it, he stated that he has already told the school board and Superintendent Lyn McKay of his intention.
"This was an incredibly difficult decision for me to make," he wrote. "I am looking forward to working closely with you, our students, and faculty for the next ten months. We have an exciting and busy year ahead of us."
Kirsch wrote that he first came to Grafflin in 1975, and that he "never imagined that I would still be here in 2012."
Kirsch's announcement comes as Grafflin, which opened in 1962, gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In his letter, he invited the school community to give input on how to celebrate it.
"We are in the process of putting together plans for ways to mark what should be a wonderful celebration. If you would like to become involved in the planning process, please let me, or our PTA Chair, Chris Madden, know."
The school board, which is next scheduled to meet on Sept. 27, has yet to publicly discuss a process for finding a replacement.
To read a full copy of the letter, click here.