Superintendent Jonathan Buhner speaks at the Colonie High graduation in June. Jim Franco/Spotlight News
COLONIE – South Colonie School District Superintendent Jonathan Buhner announced to staff his intention to retire in March, 2020.
Buhner has 30 years in education. He was hired as superintendent at South Colonie in 2008 and prior to that was the superintendent at the Walton Central School District in Delaware County for four years. Before becoming superintendent his career included stints as principal, dean of students and teacher.
He signed a four-year contract with South Colonie in November, 2017 that runs through July 31, 2021, but said the time is right to step aside.
“This job is a demanding, and I am one who believes you have to be engaged 100 percent to do it well,” Buhner said. “This is a personal decision, and I want to spend more time with my family and maybe look at some other things down the road.”
The district has some 4,800 students and employs 500 teachers, 400 support staffers, 70 teaching assistants and 25 administrators at its five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and district office. It has a $104.9 million budget.
“It’s been a good career and it’s a great place with good people dedicated who are dedicated to the students,” he said. “We accomplished quite a few things and it has been a total team effort. If your child comes here he or she will have a great experience and have some great opportunities.”
Some highlights under his tenure include:
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