Crompond School Principal Ken Levy is retiring at the end of the school year. Yorktown school officials accepted with "mixed emotion" his retirement during a school board meeting last week.
Yorktown Superintendent Ralph Napolitano said he was happy for Levy who is taking the next step in his life.
"This is a resignation that we accept with mixed emotion," Napolitano said. "He certainly deserves a retirement and he’s been looking forward to one. I know that there is a part of him that's very happy to do this. On the other side of it, I think we are already beginning to feel the absence of Mr. Levy. He has been a great asset to the district."
Levy has been with the school district since 2001. His retirement is effective July 31, 2013.
Napolitano said Levy has loved the children, the faculty and staff and has spearheaded whatever movement the district has initiated.
"He's never shied away from hard work," Napolitano said. "He's never shied away from anything that made a difference to the children and you could always count on him to work very, very hard."
Napolitano said Levy is a friend, a colleague and someone people respect. He said he was saddened by Levy's departure. Yorktown school board president Jackie Carbone called the educator a "tremendous asset" and thanked him for his service.
Other teachers whose retirement school board members accepted, effective July 31, are Pamela Everitt, Laurie Kalinoski and Joanne Saldarelli.
"These are absolutely wonderful people," Napolitano said. "Together, they’ve given 74 years of service to the district."
Everitt, a Brookside Elementary School teacher, has been with the district since 1989. Napolitano said she has been a "remarkable" asset to the district.
Kalinoski, a speech teacher at Mildred E. Strang Middle School, has been with the district since 1981 and was described as someone who takes her role "very seriously."
Saldarelli, a Mohansic Elementary School teacher, has been with the district since 1992. She was described as a "treasure, a very kind and gentle woman."