He will resign at end of school year but stay at TUHS as special education teacher

Taft Union High School Athletic Director Pete Lango is stepping down at the end of the school year but he's staying at TUHS.

Lango is in the middle of his second year as athletic director and will leave his post on June 30. He will return to the classroom as a special education teacher.

Lango said he's enjoyed his job, he said, but travel times to athletic events in Taft and elsewhere are difficult and he wants to spend more time with his family.

"It was a tough decision," he said."There were just a lot of things."

He is the father of a son in high school and twin 5-year-old girls and lives in Bakersfield.

Lango, 54, had been a special education teacher at TUHS since 2007 before he became dean of athletics and academics, about six months after the prior dean, Chuck Chauvin, resigned in January 2016.

Despite the long hours and travel, he still enjoyed his job.

"I certainly enjoyed my work and all the support I got from the board and administration," Lango said.

The TUHS Board of Trustees accepted his resignation at a special meeting Monday afternoon but table action on hiring a replacement.