The Huntington Beach Union High School District's superintendent is set to retire at the end of the month.
Supt. Van W. Riley is retiring after more than seven years from the district, which oversees six high schools, an independent study program, and a continuation, a community day and alternative education schools.
"I wish to offer my sincerest thank you to the Huntington Beach Union High School District community for making my seven and half years here a time that I will always cherish," Riley said in his farewell letter. "I believe that together we have accomplished some great things and that the direction in which we are headed is very positive."
Riley has headed the district during the last three years of budget problems and, with the staff, was able to work through it, according to his letter.
Riley offered advice to staff in his farewell, saying to take pride in the district's facilities, save the special reserve funds for emergencies, respect each other and, lastly, remember that it's all for the kids.