David A. Volrath, the executive director of high school performance for Harford County Public Schools, will retire from the school system at the end of the 2010-11 school year, sources have told The Dagger.
Volrath informed Superintendent Robert Tomback of his plans to retire earlier this week, the sources said. Volrath, who oversees high school principals and assistant principals, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Volrath’s retirement from HCPS comes on the heels of news late last month that two high school principals, Tom Szerensits and Macon Tucker of Aberdeen and Joppatowne high schools respectively, were demoted by Tomback and reassigned for next year. Tomback’s move sparked protests from students and parents in Aberdeen, where Volrath was also once a principal.
A source familiar with his trajectory within HCPS said that Volrath began teaching at Edgewood High School in 1974, but spent most of his teaching career at Fallston High School where he was a physical education teacher and a coach. After becoming an assistant principal, the source said Volrath was promoted to principal of Aberdeen High School and was elevated in 2002 to a central office position as executive director of secondary schools, overseeing both middle and high schools. That position was later renamed and narrowed to oversight of high schools only, in a management reorganization implemented last year by Superintendent Tomback.