CLIFTON PARK — Bill Casey, longtime member of the Shenendehowa Central School District school board, will step down from his post as board president at the end of June.
Casey, who has served on the board in various positions since the late 1980s, made the announcement during the board's March 6 meeting, citing family circumstances as the reason for his departure one year into a three-year term.
"It is with a heavy heart that I do this, because I love serving here," Casey said. He described serving on the board as a "public service that touches many lives."
Casey said he's choosing to wait until the end of June to leave because he wants to cause as little disruption in the board's activities as possible.
"I've been on the other end," he said. "I've been on the board when somebody left and we had to fill that spot."
During his time on the board, Casey has focused on various issues, such as school mental health services. With two young grandsons, he has been a proponent of looking ahead to Shen's future by instituting programs like full-day kindergarten.
Casey was also an outspoken opponent of the board's decision last year to sell 37 acres of district-owned land to Albany developer BBL Development.
After that sale was voted down by district residents, Casey was an advocate of selling the land to the town of Clifton Park to be used as a public park. He also called on his fellow board members to increase board transparency and emphasized the need for better communication with the public.
Casey was elected to serve a three-year term as president last May. Waiting until June to leave will allow the board to go through an election in May to fill the seat.
In the past, Casey has stepped away from the board for a few years and returned. But this time, he will be leaving for good.
"This is it," he said.
Casey will officially step down on June 30.