Spring Grove superintendent to retire at end of school year

Spring Grove Area School District is conducting a search for a new school superintendent after the current top administrator announced his retirement.

The school board approved Superintendent David Renaut's resignation at the Sept. 24 board meeting and announced its launch of a full search in an Oct. 23 news release.

Ashley Xiao dishes up fried rice and other Chinese foods during the Spring Grove Area School District Diversity Festival, Thursday, March 16, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

“I have enjoyed my 18 years in Spring Grove, and am extremely proud of the many ways in which the district has moved forward in so many aspects of education,” he stated in the release.

Renaut will finish the 2018-19 school year before retiring July 1, the release states.

Candidates interested in the position can view the job description and learn more about the district at sgasd.org. The deadline for applications is Nov. 18.

Long history: Renaut has a long history with the district that began as principal of New Salem Elementary School in 2001. 

Six years later, he became assistant superintendent before taking the top spot in 2016.

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Renaut commended the staff for their passion and dedication to students as he worked alongside them for so many years.

And that passion was matched in Renaut's leadership, according to board president Cindy Huber.

David Renaut, superintendent of the Spring Grove Area School District, will retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

“Dr. Renaut has been one of most respected and successful superintendents I’ve had the opportunity to work with," she stated, praising him for leading the school to a strong, secure financial base and a trusting community.

His decisions were always focused on finding the best educational opportunities for students, she added.

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Throughout his 39 years in public education, Renaut also taught fifth- and sixth-grade social studies and served in leadership roles as an assistant middle school principal, assistant elementary school principal and elementary principal, the release states.

Prior to his tenure at Spring Grove, he worked in Carroll County Public and Southern York County school districts.

He also served as an adjunct professor for courses in elementary education at York College for about eight years.

Looking ahead to his retirement, Renaut's vision is fixed on the students.

“I look forward to a fantastic school year as we focus on each student’s success and continue to champion the great things occurring in our district," he said in the release.