LANSING | Philip Schumaker, assistant superintendent of curriculum, assessment and technology, has announced his retirement from Lansing Elementary District 158, effective Friday.
Schumaker addressed the School Board on Wednesday and recounted his career in education that began in Decatur in 1979.
"While wishing to remain a vibrant part of the education for young people, the uncertainties of forthcoming actions of pension reform by the state Legislature have caused me to take this action to protect the retirement benefits my contributions should have guaranteed," Schumaker said.
Schumaker came to District 158 in 1994 and served as principal at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School for 11 years.
He said that during those years the school experienced an increase in enrollment, two construction projects, the implementation of No Child Left Behind assessments and changing demographics.
"I'm proud of the work Coolidge teachers, support staff and I accomplished to meet these challenges, all the while keeping the education of the Coolidge students on the cutting edge of best practices," Schumaker said.
Schumaker joined the District 158 central office administration in 2005.
"I will be leaving a district which has a history of excellence and a future of growth," he said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the District 158 family for the past 19 years."
Schumaker received a standing ovation from the School Board and audience members after he concluded his remarks.
Superintendent Cecilia Heiberger said she has no one in mind to take Schumaker's place and the position will have to be advertised.
"It's hard to replace him," Heiberger said.
Prior to Schumaker's announcement, board Secretary Robert Bonifazi read a letter of resignation on behalf of Jeremy Heim, D.158 technology assistant.
His resignation was effective June 18.