Elchert to retire from Calvert

After serving Calvert Catholic Schools for three years as superintendent, Hank Elchert will be retiring at the end of June.

Elchert served as the director for Sentinel Career and Technology Centers for 10 years and assistant director for five years.

Elchert said the staff has improved over the years and he is proud of what they have done.

“My time at Calvert has been great,” Elchert said. “The Calvert family and the people of the Tiffin community have been so positive. I couldn’t have had it any better. I’ve been treated fantastic.”

He said he will miss helping and challenging students.

Elchert said he will be spending more time on his construction company, Elchert’s Buckeye Construction, work on his farm and spend more time at the lake fishing.

“When Calvert approached me three years ago to be superintendent, I felt that it was my way of giving back to God all that he has done for me,” Elchert said. “I have had one of the greatest lives a school administrator could have.”

Advice for the next superintendent? “Look at life as the cup half-full rather than half-empty and to take some risks,” he said. “Always ask for help and it will be there. Be positive when making decisions and you will be successful.”

Andy Felter, Calvert Board of Trustees president, said the board is in the process of interviewing for a new superintendent.

“We are looking for someone who is a well-rounded leader that can take the school system forward,” Felter said. “We want someone who will fit the changing needs at Calvert and someone with fundraising and development experience.”

Due to a change in leadership structure, the board of trustees also decided not to renew Dominic Helmstetter’s one-year contract for the 2013-14 school year as principal, Felter said. Helmstetter began as principal in 2011. Felter said the board does not have anyone in mind to fill the position at this time.