SARANAC — The Saranac Central School District superintendent is leaving with mixed emotions.
After nearly 40 years with the same district, a lengthy education career that has included teaching and administration and in which he consistently put students first.
Now, he has grandchildren in the district, and Ken Cringle wants to devote more time to his family.
“It is with mixed emotions that I respectfully submit my retirement notification, effective July 1, 2013,” Cringle said. “I want to thank the Board of Education and the community for the opportunity and support they have provided me throughout my career.”
For more than 35 years, Saranac Central School has been an integral part of Cringle’s family, beginning with his decision to teach, coach and become an administrator at his Alma Mater.
His career decision set in motion decades of K-12 student interaction and countless sessions with parents to help make them feel part of the team.
Cringle cannot count the number of times he has met with “an exceptionally dedicated” staff, nor the number of discussions he has engaged with a “student-centered, community-minded” school board.
“As an alumnus, father and grandfather of children attending this school district, I feel very fortunate to have experienced and worked in such a caring school community and dedicated staff.”
The Saranac community has consistently provided the district with capable students who have served as Cringle’s source of energy, inspiration and commitment to produce graduates who are responsible, well-rounded adults.
“The student successes are genuinely valued, but striving to better meet each student’s needs has always been my core commitment since the students deserve nothing less,” Cringle said.
Cringle cannot think of a better occupation than to assist in the total development of young men and women.
He is grateful for the rewarding work experience he has enjoyed and hopes he has been able to make a positive difference in the youth of the community.
“Since every student is so unique, I can genuinely state that they each are as refreshing and inspiring as the next.”
He said the students and staff have provided him with delightful memories he will cherish, but it is time for him to retire.
“As much as I love this district, it is time that I shift my focus to my direct source of support, energy and inspiration: my family.”