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.