"I don't know that I am going to stop working," he said. "The word retirement, I don't know if it is the right world for any of us."
While he plans to leave at the end of the school year, he said if the district does need him to stick around a little longer he would, but he doesn't foresee any problems finding a replacement. The BOE is doing the search with an experienced outside consultant that has done over 100 searches, he said, and the interviewing process is planned to begin in the spring.
"The hope, of course, is that there will be somebody to take over the reins on July 1," he said. "I am very confident the board and community will find an outstanding replacement."
Baughman also shared some advice for whomever is hired to be the new superintendent: "Learn your community, understand the culture and the history, be objective, speak respectfully but frankly, be ready to make difficult and challenging decisions and finally I think listen and listen carefully to everyone."
Before being contacted for the position in Niskayuna, he was a superintendent at Hudson Falls Central School District. He said Niskayuna was a bigger school district and it also gave him and his family new opportunities. He has also had two daughters graduate from the district and said they have both done well in part because of the opportunity they had in the district.
Although Baughman said he also learned a few things while being superintendent in the district.
"I've learned a tremendous amount about other people and myself," he said. "I've learned, first off, that people have an incredible capacity to do good things. Secondly, trust your instincts."
He said Niskayuna is a community that values and supports learning and his overall experience in the district has been positive.