A changing of the guard awaits the La Grande School District.

Superintendent Larry Glaze announced at Wednesday's school board meeting that he will retire at the end of June, 2017.

"I feel that the time is right,” Glaze said.

Glaze is completing his ninth year as the La Grande School District's superintendent and 23rd overall with the district. He was a grade school principal in the school district from 1986 to 2000 and is completing his 43rd overall year as a educator.

Glaze played a major role in getting a $31.85 million bond for maintenance and construction passed by voters in 2014. Bond funds to date have paid for major renovation of the La Grande High School gymnasium and auditorium, the addition of a kindergarten classroom complex at Greenwood Elementary and district wide security upgrades. Bond building projects now under way include the construction of a new Central Elementary School, a new career technical education building at LHS and the addition of seven classrooms at Island City Elementary.

Glaze said he wanted to stay on until most of the bond project work was done and noted that that close to 95 percent of it will be finished by the end of the school year.

School board member Joe Justice said it will be difficult to replace Glaze.

"We have big shoes to fill. We will do our best to fill them,” Justice said.

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