After 14 years of serving the Liverpool Central School District, board member Paul Paventi has decided he will not complete his term. Paventi notified the board and the public that he would be resigning on July 11.
Fourteen years is a long time, Paventi said. Eventually, you need to start doing things for yourself.
Paventi cited his involvement with a professional board as well as the board for Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES and professional and personal obligations, as his motivations for leaving the school board.
It just got too tough, he said. I can only divide my time up in so many ways.
Paventi's term was set to expire in June of 2007. At election time this year, though he knew he would not be running for reelection, he intended to fulfill the existing term. However, the long hours began to take their toll.
I thought about leaving for the last month or so, Paventi said. During the month of June, I would be at meetings or events or things like that three or four nights a week. It just got to be too much.
Paventi sees an advantage for the appointee who will take over his seat for the rest of his term. He hopes that person will gain necessary experience that will help them to better serve the board. The new board member will be eligible to take the seat over come next year's elections.
This way the appointee can get six months' experience under their belt before the next elections, Paventi said. They can get to know what it's all about.
Though he is ready to leave, Paventi has nothing but praise for the district and the board that serves it.
I had a good time, he said of his nearly decade-and-a-half-tenure on the board. These are great people, and this is a good district. I put both my kids through it. I wish them well.