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Free State High School principal to retire

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Free State High School Principal Myron Graber will retire at the end of June, the Lawrence school district announced Wednesday.

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“It has been an honor and pleasure to work with the best faculty and most talented and amazing students the past seven years at Free State. I have been blessed during my 47 years in public education,” Graber said in a news release. “It is now time to relax and spend time with my family, who gave graciously for me to do what I loved to do.”

Superintendent Anthony Lewis said in the release that Graber has a passion for student learning and innovation, and that he’s worked to ensure that Firebirds graduate well prepared for their futures.

“His leadership has played a key role in the school community advancing Free State’s reputation for excellence. I appreciate Myron’s contributions to our administrative team and his nearly five decades of service to public education,” Lewis said.

The search to fill the position will begin immediately, according to the release.

“The principal search process will include a survey to collect student, staff, parent, and community input; district-level screening of applicants, and finalists’ interviews with a building-level advisory committee of students, staff, and parents.”

Graber’s retirement, effective June 30, is pending school board approval.

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