For the first time in almost four decades, Bob Baer won’t be working at Holmen High School when the 2018-19 school year starts.

The high school principal has announced that he’s retiring at the end of this school year, ending a 37-year career with the district.

Baer worked as a technology teacher at the high school for 15 years, then as assistant principal for 15 years before becoming the high school principal seven years ago.

“My last day will be June 30,” Baer said this week. “I’ve had a really good time here and I feel really fortunate.”

Baer has three children and four grandchildren and said he’s looking forward to spending more time with them.

He said the “academic rigor” at the high school had increased since he started working there alongside the implementation of various new technologies. Alongside those achievements, Baer said there had been a continued increase in the number of non-curricular activities available to students at the school.

“I have a really good administrative team here,” Baer added. “We work really hard on improving what we’re good at and what we’re not so good at.”

District administrator Kristin Mueller said the district has already begun the search for a replacement for Baer, while praising the outgoing principal for his years of service.

“His contributions to the high school will be felt long after he retires,” she said in a statement.

Mueller, writing in the district’s newsletter, said the district had put in place a “thorough process” to find a “new principal for the high school to lead the school through continued growth and advancements.”