Manatee schools Superintendent Tim McGonegal announces retirement

BRADENTON - Tim McGonegal, superintendent of Manatee schools, announced Wednesday he will retire effective Feb. 28.

He is retiring for personal reasons, a school district press release said.

McGonegal, former head of finance for the district, has been superintendent since January 2009, when he replaced Roger Dearing, who served as Superintendent in Manatee County from 2003 to 2009. Dearing left Manatee County to become the Executive Director of the Florida High School Athletic Association.

District spokeswoman Margi Nanney said the superintendent wants to spend more time with his family.

His son and daughter attend school in the district.

“He will be missed by everyone,” Nanney said. “He’s taken us through some really tough financial times.”

Nanney said McGonegal’s February retirement will give the district enough transition time to find a replacement, which the school board must approve.

District three school board member Julie Aranibar said she was not shocked by the news.

“It’s a very stressful time in the district,” Aranibar said. “He has every right to make a decision to retire and enjoy his family.”

Currently, McGonegal’s salary is around $171,000, Nanney said.

McGonegal joined the Manatee County School District in January 2002 as assistant director of finance. He was named director of finance in June 2004 and promoted to assistant superintendent of business services in February 2005.

Prior to Manatee County, McGonegal worked for the School Board of Highlands County from February 1986 to January 2002. He started in Highlands County as a coordinator of finance and advanced to become the director of business operations.