The superintendent of Eastern Carver County Schools, Jim Bauck, has announced his retirement after serving six years. 

Under Bauck’s leadership, the district moved toward personalized learning, opened a dual language immersion school, and approved new construction and more technology.

“The decision to step aside was a difficult one, given the excellent communities that our schools serve and the outstanding care and attention that each of you provide to our students and families every day,” Bauck said in a letter to staff. “The end of this school year will be my 39th year in education and 24th as a superintendent.”

Bauck worked as the superintendent in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District before serving Eastern Carver County Schools , which encompasses Chanhassen, Chaska, Carver and Victoria. 

The Carver board approved a one-year contract for Bauck as well as his resignation on Aug. 16. Bauck announced his departure to staff the following day. 

The school board will use a search firm to select a new superintendent to step in for Bauck, who will retire next June.