During the Loyalsock Township School Board's meeting Wednesday Robert Grantier, district superintendent, notified the board that he is planning to retire from his post in April.
Grantier has served as the district superintendent since the 2010-11 school year. He has served in the same position at both Pine Grove and Troy Area school districts.
The retirement is effective April 19, 2014.
Board President Edward Ade Jr. thanked Grantier for his four years of service when the announcement was made. Grantier noted that he has enjoyed his time in the district.
"Great district, great people. I'm very, very fortunate," he said.
Grantier added that many things have been accomplished during his years as superintendent at Loyalsock Township because of the many great people who are a part of the district.
"It's not 'I,' it's 'we,' " he said. "We have done a ton of work and we have work to do this year still."
And although he's enjoyed his time in the district, he said, "It's time for me to move onto another stage."
After the meeting, Grantier said the board will advertise the position opening, with the goal of finding his replacement before his retirement date.
He explained that he specifically decided to retire before the end of the school year so the new superintendent could be a part of the budgeting process and have a "transition period" before his or her first full school year.
In other business, the board voted 7-0 to approve a change in the school year schedule. With the change, Schick Elementary students now will be in session on Oct. 14, while the middle and high school will have an in-service day.
Elementary students then will be off for an in-service day on Oct. 21. Middle and high school students will be in session on that day.
It originally was scheduled that the entire district would have an in-service day on Oct. 14.
The change was made to accommodate a training opportunity for the elementary teachers, which couldn't be done Oct. 14.
John Rhodes, Schick principal, reported that parents will be notified both by a letter sent home with students and an online note, using the district's ParentLink.