Agostine to retire this year


During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jim Agostine announced that he will be retiring and that June 30, 2017, will be his final day.

School Supt. Jim Agostine Agostine said that working in Monroe has been “the capstone” of his career and he thanked the Board of Education for its “outstanding leadership.”

He said he has been debating whether to retire for the last two years and has decided it is time to “move on.”

The Board of Education had planned to cut a central office position from the district, but with his retirement, Agostine said, the board won’t be forced to make that cut.

“It was easy for me to say I’m the face of what gets cut from that process and now we can reorganize some positions in the district office and hopefully carry on with the work they’ve grown accustomed to,” he said.

Board of Education Chair Donna Lane said she “reluctantly” accepts his resignation.

“All of the accomplishments that have been made under your tenure here have improved our school systems tremendously,” she said.

Agostine came to Monroe in 2012 after working as the Region 16 superintendent.

“I’m certainly not disappearing tonight. Our plan is to work right up until June 30 to get the job done,” he said.

Board of Education member Alan Vaglivelo said Agostine made Monroe an excellent place to educate children.

Agostine told the board that he will be available over the summer to help with the transition.

Board of Education member Shannon Monaco thanked Agostine for his service.

“You’re going to leave some big shoes to fill,” she said.


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TinaMarie Craven is the Arts & Leisure editor. She previously worked as the editor of the Monroe Courier and the Lewisboro Ledger. She graduated from Ithaca College with a BA in Journalism and Politics in 2015.

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