Dolores Elementary School Principal Gary Livick recently announced his resignation, meaning the school district will be seeing two new faces on its leadership team next year.
Livick will finish out the school year but said that he wanted to announce his resignation early to give the district more time to find a replacement. He cited family reasons and seeking new opportunities as the cause of his departure.
“I am excited to spend more time with my family and to pursue new opportunities and challenges,” Livick wrote in a letter to the community on Feb. 28. “I want you all to know that I will work very hard to help recruit and train a replacement. It has been my privilege to work beside such a dedicated group of professionals, to work with such caring families and to help educate such hard-working students.”
The district’s new hire for the elementary principal position will join that of a new superintendent next year, in light of interim Superintendent Phil Kasper’s upcoming retirement.
Livick took the principal job in March 2015, joining the Dolores School District RE-4A from Cortez, where he worked as a science teacher at the middle school. Prior to that, he taught high school math and reading at Woodlake Union High School in Tulare County, California, and at Rite of Passage, a charter school in Calaveras County, California.
“Working together with the exceptional and dedicated Dolores Elementary School staff, we have put resources and programs in place to help students reach new levels of engagement and achievement,” he said in the letter. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working in Dolores and continue to have a vested interest in the success of our students.”
His resignation joins several other personnel changes up for official approval at Thursday night’s regular school board meeting.
“I am proud of what the staff and students have accomplished during my time at the Elementary,” Livick added. “Dolores Schools have faced many challenges, yet our students continue to make great strides.”