Southeast’s Toalson announces retirement

Southeast High School Principal Brent Toalson announced in an email on Friday to staff, students and families that he plans to retire in August.  

“For family reasons, I have decided to retire from LPS at the end of August,” wrote Toalson in his letter to families. “This was a very difficult decision for me. I love working at Southeast High School and have many great memories of my years as a teacher and principal. I care deeply about LSE, our staff and our students and their families... As difficult as this decision is, I know that I am making the right decision for my family.” 

Toalson is a Southeast High School alum, graduating in 1982. He came back to his alma mater and began his teaching career at Southeast in 1991, teaching social studies until 2007 when he became the associate principal at Lincoln High School. In 2012, he returned to Southeast as the principal. 

“Anyone who has spent time at Southeast can clearly see Brent is passionate about the school’s staff, students and families,” said Matt Larson, associate superintendent for instruction. “We want to thank Brent for his 29 years of dedicated service to Lincoln Public Schools.” 

Lincoln Public Schools is beginning the search process for the next principal. Toalson will spend the rest of the summer helping the new principal with the transition and assisting Southeast staff as they prepare for the start of the new school year.

Published: June 5, 2020, Updated: June 5, 2020

Brent Toalson, LSE principal