Harborview Elementary School Principal Bob Dye will retire at the end of the school year. He announced his decision to the school last week.
Dye, 55, has been principal of Harborview for three years, and will be completing his 34th year in education. He moved to Juneau from Colorado to take the Harborview position.
Dye cited a desire to be closer to his children and grandchildren in Colorado as the reason for his decision.
"I wasn't even thinking about retiring when I started the year, but I think the events of Sept. 11 affected me a little in terms of feeling a need to be closer to home," he said. "I'm really appreciative of having the opportunity to serve as principal here. I'm appreciative to the parents, staff members and to the Juneau School District."
In his final months at Harborview, Dye said, he plans to work to make a smooth transition to a new principal. He also said he's going to try to think of ways to top the "Kiss-a-Pig" contest he implemented last year as an incentive for students to read.
Juneau School District Superintendent Gary Bader said the announcement was unexpected.
"We're surprised that he's going to retire, but we certainly understand his desire and wish him well," Bader said.
Bader said the process of choosing a new principal will begin with forming a selection committee, including parent and staff representatives from the Harborview site council.
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