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Posted Friday, November 16, 2012
Chapel Hill, NC - Yesterday evening, Harrell Rentz, principal of the Woods Charter School in Chatham County, NC informed the school board that he would be retiring at the end of the school year. Below is his formal retirement letter:
Dear Woods Colleagues and Friends,
It is with mixed emotions that I let you know that I informed the Board last night of my intention to retire as Head of School/Principal/Business Manager on June 30, 2013, at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 school year. My 65th birthday arrives on March 29th, and the anticipation of that date has inspired in me a heightened level of introspection and re-evaluation of priorities. In the years ahead, I plan to continue to divide my time between Holly Springs, North Carolina, and Silver Spring, Maryland. It is also my hope to spend more time in Maryland than is currently possible given the responsibilities of my position at Woods.
These past four and a half years at Woods have been extraordinary. Everyone who comes to Woods observes the friendliness of students, parents, and faculty, as well as our seriousness of purpose. These aspects of Woods have made it a joy for me to serve as your principal. Although the allure of exciting times ahead for Woods is almost irresistible to me, my inner voice suggests that it is time to move on and look ahead to a new mode of contribution for the next five years. I believe that for Woods, as well as for me, this is an ideal time to "pass the baton" to the next generation of Woods leadership. I look forward to spending the rest of this year pressing forward with employee evaluation (especially classroom observations), curricular review (especially in mathematics which is my specialty), improved communications both inside and outside the school, as well as pro-active policy work to strengthen us institutionally for the years ahead. In addition, I am also committed to a fifth objective- doing everything I can do to make 2012-2013 our "best year ever" and lay the groundwork for 2013-2014 to be even better than that!
Thank you for the privilege, opportunity, and honor of serving as Head of School, Principal, and Business Manager of Woods Charter School from 2008-2013. It has been an amazing and memorable journey, and it is not over yet. On we go!
J. Harrell Rentz
November 16, 2012