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Irvington Superintendent Kathleen Matusiak Retires

IRVINGTON, N.Y.--Irvington Superintendent Kathleen Matusiak is retiring from her position effective August 31 after seven years in the position.

The Irvington Board of Education announced her retirement Wednesday night at a special public meeting, saying they had accepted her resignation. In a released statement , the board praised Matusiak for her service.

“We are very proud of the strong leadership team that Dr. Matusiak has built in Irvington,” the statement read. "As Dr. Matusiak completes her 39th year as an educator at many levels, we wish her the very best in her future endeavors. She is to be commended for her tireless dedication and her many achievements which have made our school district’s educational program a flagship in Westchester.”

Matusiak was not available for comment because she is on vacation.

The District is looking to fill the superintendent’s position with an interim superintendent by September 1.

Matusiak has served as superintendent since July 2004. During her tenure, she was involved in creating the district’s first strategic plan to combine each school’s yearly plans, as well as enhancing curriculum, programs and services throughout the district.

Matusiak’s tenure includes a “very favorable” state audit completed in 2008-09, the released statement notes, as well as seven years’ worth of school budgets that passed on the first round.

The board also noted Matusiak’s cost-saving measures, stating more than $2.5 million has been realized as employees have retired or been redeployed and as positions have been eliminated. Matusiak also led a presentation on merging the two elementary schools, which was followed by a year-long study. The board, in the statement, said the recommendations of that study “should be considered in the future.”

Parents: Is Dr. Matusiak's retirement good for the Irvington School District? Tell us in the comments or email mshamburger@thedailytarrytown.com .

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