After more than four decades in education, Saginaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Richard Syrek is retiring at the end of March.
He announced his plans to step down after 44 years at the Saginaw ISD Board of Education Wednesday, Dec. 11 meeting.
“It was a tough decision,” Syrek said.
Syrek has worked as Saginaw ISD superintendent for seven years, and was the Swan Valley School District superintendent for 20 years.
Richard Burmeister, board president, thanked Syrek for his service and said he was glad to see Syrek in good health for the next phase of his life.
“We have enjoyed having you here,” he said.
Burmeister said he will contact the Michigan Association of School Boards for a superintendent search.
“This is the time to start thinking about a direction and what we want to do,” he said.
At 66 years old, Syrek said he wants to make sure he has time to do what he wants to do. That means traveling. This summer, he and his wife will travel to South Africa for a safari.
“I love to travel. It makes no difference where I go,” he said.
Syrek said he also wants to spend more time with his three children and four grandchildren, who live out of state.
In a letter to the board, Syrek thanked his coworkers, teachers and board members.
“I have been fortunate to work with wonderful people throughout my career,” he wrote. “I truly appreciate the faith they had in me.”
“I will truly miss my work. It has defined me in many ways and I do not think that I will every find anything more satisfying than working with all of you in improving the education and lives of students in Saginaw County,” he said in the letter.