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'The voice' of North Colonie

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— When Sally Newton graduated Shaker High School in 1967, she had no way of knowing she’d spend nearly 40 years working for the school district she grew up in.

“I experienced a lot of change over the years here at North Colonie,” said Newton.

Newton is “the voice” of the North Colonie Central School District, greeting callers to the district offices with “North Colonie School District, how may I help you?” for 38 years. At the end of December she’ll pick up the phone for the last time.

“I just feel it’s the time. Some people wait to long to retire, get stressed out and don’t enjoy their job any longer,” said Newton. “I felt I wanted to go before that happened.”

When Newton was hired to field calls at the central office just a few weeks after graduation, she was already a North Colonie veteran.

“I was born and raised in the Bogt area. I attended Forts Ferry … went to Bogt when it was built because the district was growing,” said Newton. “I went to the high school for grades seven and eight while the junior high was being built, then back to the high school.”

Her scholastic career was a frequent shuffle and things were no different professionally; she’s gone through two different central offices, five superintendents and countless coworkers throughout her career.

“My work has changed quite a bit from year to year but I’ve always enjoyed talking with people that have called, enjoyed giving them direction or helping answer questions for them, put them at ease if they might be stressed out,” said Newton.

There wasn’t a day she woke up and thought, “I don’t want to go to work!”

“I can remember driving into work really happy that I was going to a job where I could see people,” said Newton. “I’ve continued that mindset.”

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