September 17, 2014

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Career center superintendent announces retirement

MEDINA — Michael Larson started his career 40 years ago as a social studies teacher at the Medina County Career Center.

This summer, he’ll end his career there as its superintendent.

Michael Larson

Michael Larson

Larson, 62, announced Wednesday his plans to retire. His last day is June 30.

“I just think it’s time,” Larson said. “Nothing particular prompted my decision, but 40 years is a long time and I want to have some time to spend with my wife and to do some things we never got the chance to do.”

He said he intends to travel with his wife, Sandy, who also retired from teaching inBarberton. He said he plans to devote some time to his hobbies, too, which include car shows.

Larson has been superintendent since August 2007. Prior to that, he was assistant superintendent at Lorain County Joint Vocational School for eight years and a principal before that.

He said he’d miss students the most.

“I’ll miss watching the kids grow in the time they’re at the school,” Larson said. “It’s a lot of fun to see them come in as juniors and leave as seniors, having gained a lot of skill in their chosen field.”

Larson earned back-to-back bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Akron in 1973 and 1977. His fields were social studies and education administration.

“The Career Center has been a great place to work,” Larson said, “and I’ll certainly miss my time there.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com