ROTTERDAM — Carol Pallas, superintendent of the Schalmont Central School District for the past seven years, on Wednesday announced her plans to retire after a 34-year career as an educator.
The Schalmont school board appointed Thomas Reardon, the current superintendent in the Wynantskill Union Free School District, as Schalmont’s next superintendent, the district announced Wednesday night.
Pallas’ retirment is effective Sept. 1, she wrote in a letter to the board dated Wednesday. Reardon will finish out the school year in Wynantskill, that district wrote in an article posted to its website Wednesday night.
The release announcing the leadership change noted that Pallas had planned to retire prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but delayed the decision amid wide uncertainty and dramatic changes in education. The board had conducted a confidential search, selecting Reardon.
Pallas joined the district over seven years ago, leading it through an expansion of technology and a series of successful budget and capital project votes.
“I have enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to lead such an exceptional organization,” she said in a prepared statement. “I am very appreciative of the community at Schalmont.”
Pallas said she had planned to announce her retirement earlier but delayed it.
“It is unfortunate to have this current situation mark the end of my education career and time in Schalmont,” she said. “However, I know that I am leaving the district in very capable hands and that the community will bring the same level of support to the new superintendent for the work ahead.”
The release said Pallas planned to continue working with the district for the next four months to assist with a transition to the new superintendent.