A local school administrator is calling it a career.
Randy Merker has served the last eight years as superintendent of the Heyworth school district. He is pleased with a lot of changes that have been made during his time as the schools leader. Merker feels the new facilities will affect generations to come. He thanks the community for their generous support and he is thankful to be able to leave his position on a high note.
In his eight years at Heyworth, Merker points expanding the class variety for students in the district as one aspect of his tenure he is proud of. Merker explains the district was able to extend their Spanish program and add in new advance placement courses and college credit courses through Heartland Community College.
The retiring superintendent says he is glad to get rid of the stress load that comes with being in the education field. He jokes wintry weather will be less of an issue for him and on nice days he can spend time on the golf course instead of in the office. He adds after 34 years of being in the education system, it will be nice to spend full days with his wife, which will an adjustment for them both.
Merker's retirement becomes official at the end of this week. He will be replaced by Tonica Grade School principal and superintendent Dr. Ty Wolf.