It’s official: SM East will have a new principal to start the next school year.
Dr. Karl Krawitz, now in his fifth year at East, is retiring after this year.
Krawitz had told the shawneemissionpost.com in August that he was considering retiring after this year because his eldest son had taken a job transfer and his grandchildren would be moving to Virginia. That, it turns out, was the deciding factor. “Our visit with my son over winter break affirmed for my wife and I that it was time,” Krawitz said.
The highlight, Krawitz said, was just being “honored” to serve at SM East for five years. “The school has so much academic tradition and it continued the past five years. In fact, our tests scores have continued to be among, if not the best, in the KC area.”
The financial issues facing the district are one of the challenges he has faced. “Our teachers work hard and I am sorry we have not be able to compensate them accordingly,” he said. “The second challenge which I feel I have had little affect has been underage drinking. This is the one area of strength where I felt I could be an influence on students and parents – it has not happened.”
“This has been a tremendous opportunity for me and I hope students, staff, parents, and the community would say I loved my job and loved being around kids.”
Donna Bysfield, school board member for the East district, said the school was losing a good administrator.
“SM East has been fortunate to have always had outstanding principals,” she said. “Dr. Krawitz will leave a positive imprint on the students, staff and school community.”
The retirement was first reported in the SM East student newspaper, The Harbinger, on Friday. According to The Harbinger, “The district plans on finding a new principal before hiring the new superintendent. Dr. Krawitz thinks it will be announced sometime within the next six weeks.” Bysfield said The Harbinger report is accurate.