SUMMIT, NJ - Paul Sears, Principal of Summit High School since 2003 and who, on November 4, 2015, announced that he would be retiring, will leave his post effective March 1. Sears' last day in Summit will be February 29.

Sears spent 35 years in education; the past 17 in the Hilltop City. On January 12 of this year, the Summit Board of Education appointed Stacy Grimaldi to the role of Principal and -- one month later -- named Lorena Dolan to the role of Assistant Principal. Both women will transition into their new roles on March 1.

In a letter to his staff, Sears said that the “planning and leadership for a school year does not begin during the summer, but at the midpoint of the previous year. We are well into key planning of budget, staffing, calendar, and scheduling. Transition at this point allows Stacy (Griamaldi) to work with the school and district leadership to fully lead Summit High School for 2016-17.”

The administration and Board of Education will honor Sears, and his years of service to Summit High School, at their March 17 Board meeting. A reception, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Summit High School Media Center, will be held. All members of the community are invited to attend.