Veteran Oswego City School District Board of Education member James Tschudy has announced his resignation.
Tschudy delivered his resignation notice to District Clerk William Foley and indicted that it would be effective on Wednesday morning, July 24.
“Ending board involvement is owing to a desire for more time with family (five grandchildren) and other professional interests in teaching, chaplaincy and pastoral work. Grandchildren in Hamilton MA, Ridgefield CT and Aiken SC, easily prompt revisiting priorities,” Tschudy noted.
Continuing he said, “Throughout six years of board involvement, working with colleagues on the board, administrators, faculty, district staff, as well as families, parents and children in the district has been extraordinarily rewarding, but not without challenges. It has been a privilege to serve at the board table, supporting district initiatives.”
Board of Education President Kathleen Allen said, “I am saddened to see Jim resign, but certainly understand his desire to spend more time with his family, and other opportunities that have come his way.”
Continuing she stated, “He has faithfully served as a board member for the past six years. With his tenure with the OCSD as an administrator with special education, he brought valuable insight to the table in various situations. I will miss his gentle spirit and kind heart and wish him the best.”
Tschudy has a long career with the school district as he was hired in 1980 as a school psychologist for Oswego High School.
He was appointed the Director of Special Programs in 2000, retired in 2006 and then served as the Interim Principal at Charles E. Riley Elementary School for the 2006-07 school year.
He was elected to serve on the board of education in May of 2007 and to a second term in 2010.
Recently, he was re-elected to the one year remaining on the vacated term of Bill Myer.
The new school year will bring a new educational experience for the former board member as he will be teaching two sections of History of Education in the United States since 1865 during the fall semester at SUNY Oswego.
Tschudy also said, “Simultaneous to my resignation from the board of education, I’ve also tendered my resignation as a member of the board of directors of Oswego Health, having been elected to that board of trustees of the Oswego Hospital in 1979.”
The Oswego City School District Board of Education will discuss the vacant seat at the next regularly scheduled meeting on August 13.
As a Small City School District, the board members can decide to conduct a special election, continue with six members or appoint a person to fill the remaining 11 months of the term.