School District of Tomahawk Administrator Terry Reynolds to retire at end of school year
By Jalen Maki
Tomahawk Leader Editor
TOMAHAWK – School District of Tomahawk Administrator Terry Reynolds earlier this week informed the district’s Board of Education that he plans to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
The board voted to approve Reynolds’ retirement during its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
Reynolds’ retirement will be effective as of June 30, 2022, wrapping up a 40-year career in education.
Before becoming an educator, Reynolds attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, majoring in physical education and art and graduating in May of 1982. He earned his Master of Science in Educational Administration in 1988 and his 6th Year Certificate as a District Administrator major in 2000, both from Winona State University in Winona, Minn.
Reynolds spent a few years in Iowa, working as a K-12 physical education/art instructor and an assistant girls’ basketball coach with the Bayard School District in Bayard, Iowa, during the 1982-1983 school year. He then worked as a K-12 art instructor and head wrestling coach with the Panora-Linden School District in Panora, Iowa, during the 1983-1984 school year, before filling the 7-12 principal, Athletic Director, and 1-12 art instructor roles with the North Crawford School District, Gays Mills, Wis., from 1984 to 1989 and the 1991-1992 school year. He was also the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at North Crawford.
From 1989 to 1991 and 1992 to 2007, Reynolds was the 7-12 principal, head cross country coach, and assistant wrestling coach at the Shell Lake School District in Shell Lake, Wis.
Reynolds’ career as a District Administrator began in 2007, when he began in the role with the Pittsville School District in Pittsville, Wis. He worked in Pittsville until 2015, when he took the District Administrator role with the Tomahawk School District 2015, a post as has held since.
Reynolds has also served as a WIAA Board of Control member and a WIAA Advisory Council member. He has also been a member of the American Association of School Administrators, Wisconsin Association School District Administrators, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, and Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association, as well as a Mid-State Technical College Trustee, a member of the Pittsville Area Foundation for Arts (PAFA), and the Knights of Columbus.
In a letter to the board, Reynolds thanked past and present board members for the opportunity to serve as District Administrator for the past seven years.
“It has been a privilege and honor to work alongside of you and our entire staff providing a quality educational experience for all students in the district,” Reynolds said. “Together we have accomplished a great deal and I am very proud of the excellent school system that has been advanced by our efforts.”
Reynolds said he chose to notify the board of his intent now to allow the longest period possible to recruit a new District Administrator for the 2022-2023 school year.
“After 40 years in education, serving 33 years as administrator, seven years as a physical education/art teacher, 18 years as a head or an assistant coach in football, cross country, wrestling, and softball, it is time to move on and enjoy more time traveling and spending time with Kathy and our families,” Reynolds stated. “I will always cherish the time and friendships that I have built over the years. Thank you and best wishes to the School District of Tomahawk in the coming years. Go Hatchets!”