DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson Public Schools are used to new students; their enrollment has increased nearly 50 percent since 2009. Now the kids will have to get used to new teachers and principals.
Principal Sherry Libis, Principal Ron Dockter and Superintendent Douglas Sullivan have more than 100 years combined experience as educators. All three are stepping away from their positions with Dickinson Public Schools.
"I need to spend some more time with my family helping them address some of their needs that they are having right now,” said Libis, Prairie Rose Elementary.
"Forty years has been a long time. It's something my wife and I have talked about over the years and we figured this was time to do that,” said Dockter, Dickinson High School.
"We have two grandchildren on the way and my wife and I thought this would be an appropriate time to move on and have a new chapter in our life,” said Sullivan.
With these three retiring DPS will have to find a way to replace their experience, but Libis and Dockter say teaching isn't all about who's been in the classroom the longest.
"With new teachers coming in, they bring in new and exciting ideas and new energy,” said Libis.
"Experience is a great teacher, there's no question about it. I'm hoping that teachers that apply for those types of jobs will have experience that will help them in the jobs they get here in the Dickinson Public School system,” said Dockter.
Libis, Dockter, and Sullivan's last day will be June 30. All three say they are going to miss the kids, including superintendent Sullivan, who says the kids have called him everything from the President, to Sully from Monsters Inc and even Sen. Hoeven.