Nisky super to leave district

BOE seeks public input through survey, forums

After more than 30 years holding various positions in the field of education Niskayuna Central School District Superintendent Kevin Baughman is deciding school may not only be out for summer, but possibly forever.

I am at a point where I am beyond the minimum retirement age, so I am looking at this point, said Baughman. "I am typically working extremely long weeks and looking to change the speed of my life."

Baughman will be leaving the district after joining it in 2002. He held various administrative positions at other schools for 23 years before joining the Niskayuna Central School District.

The Board of Education is also inviting community feedback on what attributes are most desirable for the new superintendent through a survey, which ends Feb. 4, on the district's website . The BOE is also planning four forums, which are scheduled for specific groups within the district but will be open for public attendance, to solicit input on priorities.

Baughman said it is just time for him to pass on the reins to someone else.

Being a superintendent, he said, means you always have to be ready to get the job done, no matter when you are needed.

"When you are a superintendent, you are 7 days a week, 24/7, on call," said Baughman. "I think to not be on the clock all of the time would be a welcomed change for my family and to some lesser degree myself."

He said he is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and doing some hobbies he hasn't had as much time to do, such as fly fishing, playing golf and reading for pleasure. Although, he isn't sure it will be the end of his working life. He said he might doing some consultant jobs or teach a class at a university.

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