At a special board meeting Monday night, the State College Area school board accepted the retirement of former Park Forest Elementary School Principal Donnan Stoicovy.
It comes after a leave of absence from the school since Oct. 20.
The State College Area School District released a statement from Stoicovy.
“While dealing with a health issue since February, I believe that the time is now appropriate to spend time healing and opening a new chapter in my life, which will be of huge benefit to me,” Stoicovy said in the statement. “Thank you for the many opportunities that I have had in the State College Area School District. ... I love Park Forest Elementary School and it’s wonderful, kind, caring, empathic, compassionate, supportive and loving students, faculty, staff, families and community.”
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Stoicovy leaves after more than 27 years in the district.
A report from the district said Stoicovy was hired as the PFE principal on July 1, 1989.
“The past two weeks have reinforced to me how much people care about Park Forest Elementary School, and that is in large part a testament to Donnan Stoicovy,” Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said. “I am grateful to Donnan for her hard work toward building the PFE School community. We wish her well as she transitions into retirement.”
Stoicovy helped spearhead a zero-waste campaign that was part of the reason PFE was named a Green Ribbon School and a Centre County Green Business Partner.
She previously told the CDT that students and staff divert 85 percent of their school’s waste from landfills and cut its waste bill by about half.
O’Donnell said Vernon Bock is filling the principal role at PFE. He was hired at the district as supervisor of elementary education before the school year started.