All Saints Regional Catholic School is seeking a replacement upon the retirement of its current principal, Jim Thompson, the school announced last week.
"While we are sad to see Mr. Thompson go, and we know he has left big shoes to fill, every change brings new opportunity. We are now presented with an opportunity to choose a new leader for our school's next phase," said corporate board president Bob Romeo in a statement on behalf of the school board.
The school's next phase will include incorporating redistricted students from among the six Catholic schools on Long Island that will close under a "strategic plan for the Catholic elementary schools on Long Island," announced earlier this year.
All Saints Regional was chosen as one of the schools that would remain open as part of its Diocese's restructuring. It was re-accredited last May for another 7-year term.
Thompson is looking forward to spending time with his family, which includes a new grandchild, the school said.
"Mr. Thompson has been a tireless and dedicated advocate and leader for ASR over the last nine years," Romeo said. "His tenure at ASR is his second stint in education, having had a full career in the public schools before coming as our principal, so his retirement will give him a well-deserved rest."