Schalmont Central School Superintendent Valerie Kelsey will retire at the end of December.
The Board of Education has selected Capital Region BOCES Superintendent Charles Dedrick to assist in the search process to replace Kelsey, who has been the district’s leader since 2004. The search service comes at no cost to districts within the regional BOCES.
Kelsey said in a statement she is announcing her retirement at this time to give the school board as much time as possible to search for a successor and to ensure a smooth transition.
“I wanted to retire sooner, but did not want to leave in the midst of so many changes in the field of public education,” she said. “As a veteran district administrator, I felt it was important to help create and implement the new teacher/principal evaluation system as well as the district’s compliance with the state’s new tax levy limit. By choosing to retire after the first semester, I will have accomplished those goals.”
The district’s entire top leadership will be new as veteran Business Administrator Mark Kellett will retire at the end of August. The board on Monday also voted to hire Joseph Lenz as a school business official. He has been working for the last six months as a school business administrative intern. Before that, he also served as a business administrative intern at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District.
He is seeking his certificate of advanced study in school district business leadership at the College of Saint Rose and working in the Logistics Division of Walmart, where he has been employed for the past nine years.
Lenz earned his master’s degree in business administration from the College of Saint Rose, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from SUNY Institute of Technology and an associate’s degree in business administration from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
He will officially start work on July 1.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Joe to the district,” Kelsey said in a statement. “His extensive knowledge of accounting principles, responsible fiscal planning and educational experience will be an asset to the entire Schalmont Central School District community.”