FULTON, NY – The Fulton Board of Education said final farewells to Superintendent Bill Lynch, as he completed his final board meeting, as well as board members Christine Plath and David Carvey who will be replaced by newcomers to the board.
“I really want to thank this board of education and all boards I’ve served on. It’s been a pleasure and I’ve really had such a great opportunity here in Fulton,” said Lynch.
As his retirement commences at the end of the week, he added, “I really want to wish the district the best, and most importantly our students.”
Lynch will be replaced by newcomer to the district, Brian Pulvino effective July 1, and newcomers to the board, Lynn Lyons and Paula Hayden will replace prior board members Christine Plath and David Carvey.
Each board member took turns in thanking their retiring superintendent and their fellow board members.
“I thank you for your leadership,” said board president David Cordone to Superintendent Lynch. “You’ve navigated us through challenging financial times and kept us on a good course,” he added, thanking Lynch for his “dedicated service to the district and students” for more than 30 years, 11 of which he spent in his role as superintendent.
As for the board members, Cordone said unless a person sits on the board themselves, there is no understanding of the sacrifice of time and the amount of energy the position takes and thanked both board members for the ethic, visions and expertise they brought to the board.
Plath, through a poem she had written, thanked the entire Fulton City School District staff and the rest of the board of education and wished them well in the years to come.
“Thank you Bill (Lynch) and all of you, you’ve really taught me a lot. Who knows, I might run again soon,” she laughed.
Carvey took his turn in thanking Superintendent Lynch and the board of education for their model leadership and the opportunity to serve the district alongside them.
“Sometimes it wasn’t always easy, but we came together,” Carvey said. “I’ve learned a lot and I’ve enjoyed, I really appreciate it.”
Representatives of the Fulton Teachers Association and the Administration Association took the opportunity to thank Superintendent Lynch for years of providing support, leadership and ample opportunities to the district in his role as superintendent.
“You’ve left a legacy for us to carry on,” said Donna Parkhurst, G. Ray Bodley High School Principal.