Dr. Kathleen A. Spring will retire from the position of superintendent of Mohonasen Central School District, effective June 30, 2018.
Spring submitted her formal notice of retirement to the Board of Education at its Dec. 4 meeting.
“The position of superintendent allowed me to fill my need to be challenged and creative,” said Spring, who has served as the district’s superintendent since 2005. “However, I have always talked about the importance of self-reflection, which includes knowing when it may be time for someone new to step in and take things to the next level. I believe that I have arrived at the time to listen to my own advice.”
Spring will mark 35 years in education, the last 17 of which she has spent at Mohonasen, upon her retirement from the district.
Spring joined the Mohonasen team 2001 as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel. During her extensive career in public education, she has also been an English teacher, a special education teacher, staff and curriculum developer, elementary principal and special education administrator.
At Mohonasen, Spring has worked to improve academic programs and increase opportunities for all students. She oversaw the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards district-wide and facilitated the development of the Mohonasen High School career and technical education initiative known as “Mo-Tech.” She also played an integral role in developing and obtaining voter approval for two district-wide capital improvement projects, including the recent construction of the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen and the new transportation facility. Spring has also overseen extensive safety and security upgrades across the district, and has helped apply for and secure millions in grant funding for academic programs and faculty/staff development.
In a letter to faculty and staff, Spring said she was grateful for the opportunity to work with “such a talented and dedicated group of people devoted to doing what is best for children.”
Wrote Spring, “It is hard for me to believe that so many years have gone by since I accepted the superintendency – an affirmation that I found a district that was the perfect match for me.”
The board will work with Capital Region BOCES to begin the search for Spring’s replacement.