ALEXANDRIA — James Regenold, principal of Alexandria-Monroe Junior-Senior High School, announced Monday that he will retire at the end of the school year.
Regenold joined Alexandria Community Schools 2006 after retiring from Anderson Community Schools where he served as principal of both North side Middle School in Madison Heights High School.
"I left there and was very fortunate to have the opportunity to come over here," Regenold said during the Alexandria-Monroe Board of Trustees meeting on Monday.
The 63-year-old veteran educator said he decided to retire now because of financial considerations.
"I've got really mixed emotions," Regenold said. "I love the kids, I love our staff, and I love the community of Alexandria, but I just felt like financially this was the right thing to do."
Regenold said his greatest satisfaction as principal came in 2010 and 2013 when U.S. News & World Report named Alexandria Junior-Senior High among the country's best high schools.
"I'm really proud of those accomplishments, Regenold said, but not for himself. "Those are because of our staff and our faculty and our kids."
"I think that's the greatest thing that I enjoy is watching our kids be successful," he added.
Regenold said he's looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren who live in Noblesville and Florida.
Alice Johnson, superintendent, said she will miss her friend and professional colleague.
"Jim has been the senior rock of this administration," Johnson said. "He's been a personal friend and a professional friend to everyone."
"He has a way of loving and nurturing kids that I have never seen before," she said.
Regenold's last day will be May 30, Johnson said. Administrators are already reviewing applications for the position and hope to announce Regenold's successor at the June board meeting, Johnson said.