Smyrna High School Principal Tony Soligo will be retiring in November after more than eight years as principal. His retirement was approved by the Smyrna Board of Education July 18, with an effective date of Nov. 30. He will be staying through the first few months of the new school year to help the new principal during the transition period. The Sun-Times asked Soligo about his reasons for retiring and his future plans.
Q Why did you decide to retire?
A I’ve talked to people who have retired and they’ve all said the same thing: “You’ll know when it’s time.” The job here as principal is a monumental task, and I think it is time to turn the reins over to someone younger with more energy than this 62-year-old man. It’s been an absolute joy, though. It’s been a privilege to serve the community, and I hope I’ve served everyone well.
Q What are you going to miss most?
A The kids. Absolutely. That’s why we’re here. That’s why you go into education, to help the kids. It’s an awesome job and this is a great school district. We’re the envy of the state. I’ve had that comment made to me several times as far as the schools, the staff, the facilities, and the great community support we receive.
Q What are your retirement plans?
A I’m looking forward to traveling with my wife, playing golf, and working out. I also want to come back and volunteer in the district in some capacity after several months off.