Mayfield Central School District Superintendent Paul G. Williamsen plans to retire in June following five years at the district.
His announcement will launch another school superintendent search in Fulton County, where changes in school leadership have been frequent in the last several years.
An educator with 35 years of service, Williamsen worked for 10 years as a teacher then in administration in Pennsylvania before taking leadership positions in the Scotia-Glenville, Broadalbin and Wells school districts.
Williamsen said he plans to retire from education but remain active in volunteer work as he spends more time with family.
He submitted his letter of retirement last month, and the district’s Board of Education is expected to accept it during its Feb. 19 meeting, according to the district’s website.
Superintendent searches have become almost commonplace in Fulton County. The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES is currently coordinating a search for a new superintendent for the Northville Central School District; applications are being taken up until Feb. 22.
Meanwhile, the newly merged Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville school district will be getting a superintendent after a new Board of Education is seated in March for the district, which spans Fulton and Montgomery counties. It will be up to the board whether to keep one of two existing superintendents or hire someone else.
In the Gloversville Enlarged School District, Superintendent Michael Vanyo took over in September 2012 to replace Robert DeLilli, who left in 2011 to become superintendent of the neighboring Greater Johnstown School District.
The Mayfield district serves roughly 1,000 students from the towns of Broadalbin, Johnstown, Mayfield and Northampton.
Meanwhile, in Montgomery County, the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District is being led by veteran administrator Ray Colucciello under a contract through June, and another search would begin after then if that district’s board doesn’t renew his contract.
According to the New York State Council of School Superintendents, active superintendent searches are under way at the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES, Champlain Valley Educational Services, the General Brown school district, Genesee Valley BOCES, and at the Jamestown, LaFargeville, Liverpool, Menands, Niagara Wheatfield, Oceanside, Poughkeepsie, Richfield Springs, Saranac, South Country and Williamson school districts.