Superintendent Rob Metz will retire from the helm of St. Louis Park Public Schools in June after a 36 year career in education.

Metz has served as the district superintendent for the past three years. School board members will vote on his resignation and discuss the search for a new superintendent during their Monday meeting.

Metz is leaving the district to start a new career as the deputy director for the Building Assets Reducing Risks team, a school based program to support educators in addressing student issues. Metz had already backed the district level Building Assets Reducing Risks’ team at St. Louis Park High School.

“I am highly motivated to help reform and improve public school systems across the country,” he said in a news release.

Before landing his superintendent role, Metz started his career in the district more than 19 years ago as the Aquila Elementary School principal. He then moved on to become the high school principal for six years.

During his time as superintendent, Metz prioritized equity work in an effort to close the achievement gap and oversaw the passing of a 2013 referendum.

“Superintendent Metz is an authentic leader with the highest moral character,” Joe Tatalovich, school board chair, said in the release. “As a school board, we have all enjoyed his collective nature, calm demeanor and unwavering dedication to students.”

Before his retirement, Metz said he will work on preparing the district for a possible 2017 referendum in the fall. 

“I have done my best, in a variety of roles, to help St. Louis Park grow and maintain its ‘brand’ and to provide the best educational opportunities for all students,” he said in the release. "I would like to personally thank the school board, administration, teachers and staff, for supporting me and helping me grow as an educator during this time.”