At the December 11th Unified School District #470 (USD 470) Board of Education meeting, Dr. David Zumwalt announced his plan to retire from his position as principal of Arkansas City High School (ACHS).
He will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year, as approved by the Board of
Education. His official retirement date, however, is set for June 30th, 2018, which is the end of his contract with the USD 470 school district.
Dr. Zumwalt began his career in education as a social studies teacher in Basehor, Kansas after obtaining his Bachelor degree from Tabor College. From there, he furthered his interest in Education with a Specialist degree in Education Administration (Ed.S) and finally his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D).
Dr. Zumwalt moved to Arkansas City in 2003 and started at Arkansas City Middle School, where he was the principal. Five years later, he moved to the high school and has been at ACHS for nine years.
When asked about his retirement, Zumwalt said he would like to spend more time involved with family.
“[I] want to spend more time with my grandkids,” said Zumwalt.
Since the announcement, many colleagues have expressed their memories of Zumwalt’s service to the district and wish him the best.
“[I] have enjoyed working under him [and hope] he has a pleasant retirement sailing his boat,” said longtime ACHS Chemistry Teacher and Science Department Chair, David Stinemetze.
“I have seen a lot of changes take place,” said English Teacher Mary Young, also retiring at the end of the year following a 36-year career at ACHS. Mrs. Young says that she has “[enjoyed Zumwalt’s] sense of humor” and that she “[wishes] him the best of luck.”
While at ACHS, Dr. Zumwalt said that the greatest achievement he oversaw was “[creating] a [way] for all students to get a college certification at a low cost which for many is their ticket out of poverty.”
Article by Blake Legleiter, editor-in-chief