In a statement released late Friday afternoon, Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch ended all speculation about his retirement plans.
Heitsch will leave on July 1, 2019, after five years with the district and more than 40 years in education.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served as your superintendent for the past five years,” he said in the release. “This has been, and will continue to be, a great place to work and learn because of the dedicated staff, outstanding students, and committed families that we have here in this district.”
A Board of Education Succession Planning Committee will recommend the process and procedures for filling the vacancy.
“Dr. Heitsch has been a tremendous asset to the District. He inherited several matters that needed to be addressed quickly,” Board of Education President Terri Weems said. “He’s taken us through painful but necessary restructuring needed in order to position us well for the future.”
“We are on our way to financial stability, we’ve seen growth in student achievement, and we are well on our way to expanding in areas where we’ve seen pockets of excellence,” she added. “I’ve sincerely enjoyed working with Dr. Heitsch, and look forward to his continued leadership over the next few months.”