Sensenig Announces Retirement

By on December 23, 2015

Cocalico School District Superintendent Bruce Sensenig publicly announced Monday night that he will retire at the end of June.

Sensenig has spent his entire 41-year career with the district and is the county’s second-longest serving superintendent.

In a letter submitted to the school board on Dec. 18, Sensenig called his career as a public school educator “extremely satisfying.” He made only brief comments before the board voted during its regular meeting to accept his resignation, effective June 30.

“I feel like I’ve been the benefactor of my 41 years here,” Sensenig said. “They kept trying to find a job I could do.”

Sensenig was hired as an elementary school teacher in 1975, then went on to become a building administrator, an assistant superintendent, and then superintendent in 2005.

“I’m leaving with the same enthusiasm and excitement, but I’m leaving better because I’ve learned a lot along the way,” Sensenig said.

His departure comes as the school board faces major changes of its own. Four members ended their terms last month, taking with them nearly 35 years of experience.

In a county where seven superintendents have served on that role for three years or less, Sensenig provides a wealth of informational knowledge for Cocalico.

During his tenure, the district closed the 55-year-old Schoeneck Elementary, struggled with increasing state pension contributions, and implemented a one-to-one initiative that will eventually supply computers or tablets to every student.

Sensenig often hails the district’s balanced approach to extracurricular activities, as careful to note a middle school theater production as he is an upcoming varsity basketball game.

Last year, he was awarded Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association for his support of his district’s music program.

His retirement is effective June 30, leaving the board time to look for a replacement. President Allen Dissinger did not comment on the selection process Monday, but Sensenig said he expected members would conduct an internal search first.

As for his plans, Sensenig is leaving his options open.

“I don’t want to close any doors,” he said after the board meeting.

At 62, he says the time feels right to let someone else lead the district of 3,100 students.

Sensenig and his wife, Denise, live in East Cocalico Township. They have four grown children, including former Olympic field hockey player, Dana, who followed her dad into teaching in 2008.

When she played in Beijing, Sensenig was stuck at home working.

He hopes to spend more time with family, especially now that he also has four grandchildren and aging parents to care for.

In his speech, he quoted Ecclesiastes, saying that if there’s a time for everything, then “it’s my time to step aside.”

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