After 12 years with the Proctor Public Schools, Superintendent John Engelking announced his retirement Monday evening at the Proctor School Board meeting. The board accepted his letter of retirement effective Friday. Engelking will serve in an interim capacity while the board of directors searches for a new superintendent.

During Engelking's tenure, the district has moved forward with technological advancements and has solidified the district's mission and vision, according to a news release from the district. Engelking was instrumental in creating and implementing a strategic plan for the district two years ago by working with more than 100 community members, parents, business leaders, teachers, staff and administrators.

Engelking reflected on his time with the district and said he was thankful for the "privilege of serving our students."

"When I began serving as our District leader 12 years ago, I always planned to expand our District and provide greater opportunities for our students and communities," Engelking said. "With the help and support of our communities and school boards, we have done that. I am incredibly proud to have worked on behalf of our students over the years. I wish the district and our board nothing but the best moving forward and hope our students benefit from their continued efforts to do what’s best for kids. Together we provided greater access to educate, engage, and inspire."

School Board Chair Jennifer McDonald said that Proctor benefited from Engelking's leadership in myriad ways.

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"Looking back at his career at Proctor Public Schools we see his influence throughout our district, from expanding recreation and athletics for our students, building expansions at Bay View, Pike Lake and the St. Luke's Sports and Event Center as well as enhanced educational opportunities for students," McDonald said. "I wish John the best of luck as he retires from his superintendent position."

Though his retirement was accepted by the board, Engelking plans to take on an opportunity to lead a multi-district collaboration with St. Louis County focused on expanding support for at-risk students and helping them stay on track towards graduation as a Check and Connect coordinator. He also said he looked forward to spending more time in the summer with friends and family.