Manlius Fayetteville Elementary School Principal Nancy Smith will retire after 23 years on the job, Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials announced this week.
“I don’t really view it as retirement. I’m moving forward,” said Smith, who will retire from F-M July 1. “I have been in education for 37 ½ years and have loved all aspects of my career.”
Smith, a Syracuse resident, was a speech language therapist for New York State and the Syracuse City School District prior to accepting in 1987 the assistant principal position at F-M’s Wellwood Middle School. She was named Fayetteville Elementary School’s principal in 1989.
“Nancy has been a leader and a resource for her peers here at Fayetteville-Manlius. We will greatly miss her insight, willingness to help and wealth of institutional knowledge,” said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. “It has been a pleasure to work with her, and I wish her the best of luck.”
F-M has created a web page with information about the search for a new Fayetteville Elementary School principal. The district is inviting parents of Fayetteville Elementary students to take a short online survey to give feedback on the qualities and characteristics they feel are important for the new principal to possess. The survey is available through March 7.
Smith is still working on her future plans, but she does not expect to be idle. Read more about Smith and her career at F-M in next week’s edition of the Eagle Bulletin.