By Brandon Eastman Posted February 6, 2012
The following letter was written by Mr. Mike Bumgartner, Superintendent of Schools, announcing his resignation, which will go into effect on June 30, 2012. He also announced his intent to retire in order to spend time with his family. Interviews for the new job opening won’t begin until the resignation goes into effect on June 30.
Dear President Noble and Members of the School Board,
Please accept this as notification of my intent to resign as Superintendent of Schools, which will be effective at the end of this contracted year on June 30, 2012. The past six years working for the Humboldt County School District have been the most fulfilling and rewarding in my 31-year career in education. I will always be grateful for the wonderful opportunities and enriching experiences I have had while serving as your Superintendent. I have been extremely fortunate to work in a community that places such high value on children and education. I am so grateful to have been able to work with this board, and the many, many outstanding teachers, administrators, and employees of this school district. For many decades the district has enjoyed a high level of success, and this will no doubt continue under the outstanding leadership of this board, and the skilled and diligent work of the caring employees who serve our children so well. I have been extremely happy in my job, and the decision to retire is a personal one that has been carefully considered.
Reaching this decision has been difficult. Family circumstances and chronic health challenges in the last few years (which have been resolved) compelled me to examine my priorities. It has become obvious that it is time for me to move into the next phase of my life, retire, and spend quality time with my wife, mother, children, and grandchildren. Edie and I will remain in Winnemucca. We have come to love the town, its values, and the great folks who live here.
I look forward to working with the board in the transition to new leadership, as the search for the next Superintendent ensues.