Retirement is in the near future for Ocean Township School Superintendent John Lysko, who will leave his post at the end of the school year.
Lysko, 64, has been in the school district for 42 years and his retirement takes effect June 30, 2014.
“Ocean Township is the only place I have ever worked and it has truly been a privilege to live and work here,” he said.
Lysko started his educational career as a biology teacher at the High School, then became supervisor of science and was then promoted to high school principal for three years.
He then became assistant superintendent under former Superintendent Thomas M. Pagano for eight years. He has served as superintendent for four years.
“Ocean Township has been a wonderful place to work. I have been blessed to work with a school board that has been very supportive and focused on educational programs for students. And the kids are always fantastic,” he said.
And Lysko said he is leaving as a new age in education surges forward- the Internet and social media.
“The digital age is taking us places we never imagined we would go. Schools have now become a very social enterprise and a very social place, especially through modern technology. And I think that interconnection between students, their teachers and the rest of the world is hugely, hugely important,” he said.
Lysko said one the best successes during his tenure as superintendent was expanding educational technology in the school district.
“That was really our number one initiative and the most important. Things are changing so rapidly,” he said.
And what does Lysko plan to do after he retires?
“Paint the deck at my house. I’ve got a to-do list a mile long,” he said.
Traveling with his wife, Constance, is also in his long-term retirement plan.
“My career has been exciting, challenging, and an exceptionally rewarding experience for me and I would not have traded it for the world. I loved every position I had,” he said.
Board of Education Sean Moore said the Lysko will be greatly missed in the school district.
“His dedication and service over the past 42 years as a teacher, administrator, and superintendent has been amazing and has contributed greatly to the success of our schools. Over the past four years as superintendent, his innovation, leadership, and passion will be difficult to replace,” he said.
It is up to the Board of Education to appoint Lysko’s replacement.