SAEGERTOWN — After 34 years of being in the field of education in Crawford County, a PENNCREST School District principal has decided to turn in the rod so that he can spend more time spoiling his children and enjoying life in general.

Randy Deemer, who has spent the last eight years at the helm of Saegertown High School, said he plans to retire so that he and his wife, Tricia, can enjoy time with their daughters, Miranda and Jessamyn. But his decision to retire didn’t come easily.

“I love the work I am in; I love this job of working with kids and many wonderful teachers and I love the direction SHS has been moving in, as well as the other schools I was blessed to serve in,” Deemer said. “I will miss it all!”

Future state-side occupations for Deemer and his wife will also include hiking and biking on trails throughout the U.S. and traveling abroad, which are just a few of the things that they both enjoy doing. He also plans to devote some of his free time helping others doing mission work with his church and other nonprofit organizations local and abroad. As he plans his future, he realizes the importance of taking advantage of his current well-being.

“I want to enjoy the plans mentioned above because my wife and I still have good health,”

Prior to the Saegertown, Deemer was a principal at Conneaut Lake High School for eight years. Other education-related jobs included in his 34 years are: principal at Linesville High School; assistant principal at Linesville; health and physical education teacher at Linesville; and fifth-grade teacher at the former Greenwood Elementary School.

While the Deemers are planning a lot of time away, he said plenty of time will be devoted to home.

“Beyond those plans, just being at home doing the yard work or reading a book will be a simple but great pleasure,” he said. “Of course, these plans will only happen but through God’s Grace.”

It’s with a slightly heavy heart that Deemer is leaving at the end of the 2008-09 academic year in June.

“Why would one leave something they still love? My answer is simple: I do not want to be an old principal that does not provide the energy today’s students and school programs need,” he said. “I want the position of principal to be respected and not allow cracks to appear, in respect, on my watch.”

Penni Schaefer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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