Bloomfield School District Superintendent Joe Rasor
Bloomfield School District Superintendent Joe Rasor (Courtesy of Bloomfield School District)

BLOOMFIELD — Bloomfield School District Superintendent Joe Rasor has announced he will retire at the end of this school year.

Rasor made the announcement during the district's board of education meeting on Tuesday evening. Rasor, who has spent 45 years in education, will retire as head of the district on June 30.

"I'm turning 67 in September, and I've decided I want to spend time with my grandkids," Rasor said.

Rasor was confirmed as superintendent in February 2010, after serving as interim superintendent for about five months when the former superintendent, Randy Allison, resigned in October 2009.

Rasor started his career teaching at the Cottonwood Day School in Chinle, Ariz. He moved to Bloomfield after transferring to the Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Community School as guidance counselor.

He has held several positions in Bloomfield's school district, including as teacher and principal at the old Rio Vista Middle School, assistant principal at Central Primary Elementary and the district's assistant superintendent and its special education director.

Joe Rasor and his wife, Julie, plan to remain in Bloomfield.

"A lot of people don't realize that Bloomfield is really a nice place," Joe Rasor said. "There's a lot of great people here. I couldn't live any other place."

School board members will start developing qualifications for the new superintendent at the work session before September's board meeting, said James Conyers, president of the board.

"I know Mr. Rasor has been thinking about this for some time," Conyers said. "He's certainly done a great job in Bloomfield, and it's going to be a challenge to find a replacement."

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.