KINDERHOOK–Ichabod Crane Superintendent of Schools George Zini plans to leave the district when his contract is up next June. Mr. Zini made the announcement at a school board meeting Tuesday night.
Reading from a letter he addressed to School Board President Anthony Welcome at the August 2 meeting, Mr. Zini said, “I feel it is time for me to explore other options.” He has been with the district since January of 2013.
He is the second local superintendent to leave. Chatham Central School District Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo earlier announced that she will retire next summer at the end of the new school year.
“I’ve enjoyed working here very much,” said Mr. Zini, who came to ICC from a school district in Uxbridge, MA. He took over from Interim Superintendent Lee Bordick, who had been with the Ichabod Crane School District for two years.
Board members at the meeting praised Mr. Zini for his work in the district. Several also thanked him for letting them know so far in advance that he plans to leave. Board member Jeffrey Ouellette told Mr. Zini that he appreciated his advance notice and said, “It’s going to be quite a job to fill your position here.”
The board did not discuss how they plan to move forward with finding a new superintendent. Mr. Welcome and two other board members, Cheryl Trefzger and Susan Ramos, did not attend this week’s meeting.
Mr. Zini said of his time in the district, “I always stressed teamwork.” He pointed out the administrators at the meeting, saying, “I appreciate all the work they have work.”
Also at the meeting:
• The board approved the use of two service dogs in the district. Elementary/Middle School Psychologist Laura Sarno will bring her trained therapy dog, Honey, to school with her to work with students, and the Primary School speech and occupational therapist plan to raise money to buy and train a therapy dog to work with students in their building. The Primary School teachers hope to raise $5000 through donations and grants and have the dog join the school this spring
•Facilities Director Steven Marotta told the board that construction on the two new vestibules at the Elementary/Middle and the Primary school buildings and the four new classrooms at the Primary School is going well. The new entryways at the school buildings should be ready by late August and the classrooms will be completed in December.
“I’m very pleased with the project,” Mr. Marotta told the board. He plans to give a tour of the upgrades to the board before their August 23 meeting at 6 p.m.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. in the High School Library.
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