By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — SARANAC — After 35 years serving Saranac Central School District in various capacities, Superintendent Kenneth Cringle will retire next summer.
The Saranac School Board accepted his notification of retirement, effective July 1, 2013, at a recent meeting.
“Come June 30, it’s going to be a very bittersweet day in many respects,” Cringle told the Press-Republican in an interview.
“I truly have loved the profession.”
In his resignation letter, he thanked the School Board and community “for the opportunity and support they have provided” throughout his career.
An alumnus of Saranac Central, the superintendent told the Press-Republican his decision to retire is based on his desire to spend more time with family.
“I have an aging mom that I certainly need to visit more often and help more often,” he said.
Cringle became superintendent on July 1, 2005, after serving as Saranac High School principal for several years, as well as an elementary and Junior High School principal before that.
Saranac School Board President Tracy Allen Waite told the Press-Republican in an email that during Cringle’s time as district leader, he has played an instrumental role within the school.
“He was born and raised in Saranac and brings a wealth of knowledge and acumen to the position,” she said. “He has managed the district skillfully and competently as school funding has been repeatedly cut throughout the years.”
While acting as superintendent, Allen Waite noted, Cringle has also taken on the role of district business administrator at times.
“He rose to the challenge and has worked tirelessly and passionately for our district,” she said.
“Under his leadership, Mr. Cringle has been successful in passing a critical building project that is vital to upgrading our infrastructure and technology in Saranac Central.”
In addition, Allen Waite said, Cringle has valued input from students and the community and has always kept the best interests of students in mind.
“The Board of Education at Saranac Central is disappointed to be losing such an exceptional educational leader,” she said.
“We have been grateful for his leadership and collaboration.”
SOURCE OF ENERGY
Cringle began his career teaching physical education and biology, as well as coaching at Dannemora Union Free School District.
In 1986, he became superintendent of Dannemora School, a position he held until the district was absorbed into Saranac Central in 1988.
Cringle noted in his resignation letter that he has worked for decades with the district’s students, parents, staff and members of the School Board and feels fortunate to have done so “in such a caring school community with dedicated staff.”
He added that Saranac Central students have been a source of energy and inspiration to him over the years and have fostered his commitment to helping them succeed.
“The decision (to retire) was very difficult since educating children is such a rewarding experience,” he said in an email to the Press-Republican.
“Any parent or educator would agree that kids are absolutely amazing!
“They are kind and courteous, thoughtful and giving, curious and engaging, industrious and creative. Their collective efforts are so impressive.”
Cringle said the individuals who have graduated from Saranac Central during his time there are his proudest accomplishments.
“Their successes are numerous and well documented,” he said.
In addition to devoting more time to family, Cringle said he looks forward to spending his retirement volunteering, reading, exercising and completing projects around his house.
“I do have a lot of delayed home projects,” he said.
Allen Waite said the School Board will begin its search for a successor superintendent immediately and plans to seek the help of Champlain Valley Educational Services Superintendent Craig King in the recruitment process.
The School Board “recognizes that the ideas and input from stakeholders will be essential during this time,” she said.
“We look forward to working with our community throughout this important process.”
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