CAPE ELIZABETH — The Cape Elizabeth School Board Tuesday night accepted the resignation of Pond Cove Elementary School Principal Tom Eismeier.

Eismeier, who began at the school in 1995, said he will retire effective Sept. 30. He said he has been considering retirement for a while.

“It was a good time to do it while I’m happy and healthy,” he said.

Eismeier said staying at the school until next fall will allow him to help with the transition to a new principal. The School Board agreed to draw up a contract that ends Sept. 30.

During his 17-year tenure, Eismeier, 67, supported efforts to make education fun, including an annual Dr. Seuss theme for Read Across America Day, tributes to Harry Potter and an annual Arts Day.

Eismeier was the 2008 co-recipient of the Cape Elizabeth Educational Foundation’s Brownell Award for his support of the elementary school math lab.

Eismeier said he has enjoyed working with the “great” teachers at Pond Cove.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments of the teachers,” he said.

The school department will form a search committee to look for Eismeier’s replacement.