Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom said the District will now begin the process of looking for a replacement. "We will cast a wide net in searching for the ideal candidate," said Chalstrom Thursday.
Hunecke, who came to Cherokee from the Armstrong-Ringsted District 10 years ago, said he had decided to retire after 37 years working in education as a teacher, coach, band and vocal music instructor, and administrator.
"My brother always told me "It's about time you get a real job," joked Hunecke when contacted Thursday. "But, really, I feel the time is right. It's time for myself... to slow life down a little bit."
Hunecke spoke about his passion and love for his career in education while also recounting all the many hours and late nights and weekends required of coaches and administrators.
"It's a 12-month job. I think of all the classroom time, ball games, music rehearsals, and all of the other extracurricular events that we attend and are part of the job and they add up and take their toll," explained Hunecke.
"Don't misunderstand me, I would do it all again, but at this stage in my life, it's time for myself."
Chalstrom was quick to thank Hunecke for his 10 years of service to the Cherokee District and wished him well in the future.
'We appreciate the job Larry did at Washington High School and his outstanding work and dedication to the faculty and students," said Chalstrom. "He accomplished some good things and we had a very good working relationship. He'll be missed."
Hunecke said his future plans are currently undecided and that he will now take the time to think things through.
He is a volunteer assistant varsity softball coach with his daughter, head coach Jessica Knipple. However, Knipple has accepted a job in her career field and will be unable to attend every practice and game this summer, so Hunecke will coach the team in her absence. Mike Robinson is assistant coach for the team.