Todd Lyscio, who has served as executive director for Crosslake Community School for the past six years, announced his retirement at the Monday, Aug. 12, school board meeting, effective Dec. 31.

Lyscio, who has spent the last 36 years working in public education, formally retired last year but opted to stay on another year at the helm of Crosslake School as it transitioned to its new building.

“This is incredibly bittersweet news for us,” Lori Scharenbroich, board chair, said in a news release. “We are so grateful for Todd’s service to the school and our community. There is no question that we would not be where we are without his leadership and dedication to our students. We are excited for him to move into the next phase of life and enjoy his family.”

“I feel the time is right to transition into some other areas,” Lyscio said by phone Tuesday. “For me, it’s been a wonderful and fulfilling career. At this point in my life I think it’s time to step aside and let someone else take on that leadership role.”

Lyscio said life events prompted his decision to retire. His wife, Connie, retired last year from the Brainerd School District. The couple has two grown sons, Tom and Michael. Tom and his wife live in Duluth and are expecting the Lyscios' first grandchild in December.

“Having a grandbaby on the way, we wanted to be more available and have more flexibility,” Lyscio said. “I also have some possibilities I’m pursuing so I’m not stopping work anytime soon.”

Lyscio spent 24 years working in a variety of roles within the Brainerd School District, as a classroom teacher, junior high counselor, assistant principal and activities director, along with six years as community education director. He also served as high school principal at Staples-Motley High School for three years in between and later served as director at the National Joint Powers Alliance (now Sourcewell) in Staples for three years before he took the directorship role at Crosslake School. He’s starting his seventh year at Crosslake this fall.

“CCS is on a wonderful path,” Lyscio said in the news release. “My hope is that the school will continue long into the future as a strong centerpiece of the community of Crosslake and to become recognized as a leader in innovative instructional frameworks, including online and environmental learning.”

School board members Monday hired Daniel Jett of Trim Tab Consulting of Punta Gorda, Florida, as a consultant to lead the executive director search. Jett is a longtime public educator who is familiar with Crosslake School and has served as an adviser to its authorizer, Audubon Center of the North Woods.

Board members will work with Jett on the process for selecting a new leader for the charter school.

The board’s goal is to have a new director on staff by Jan. 1.