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Superintendent Dubik announces retirement after 2013-14 year

Cazenovia District Superintendent Robert Dubik welcomes the crowd of family and friends to the 2013 commencement ceremonies for the Cazenovia High School Class of 2013 on June 22.

Cazenovia District Superintendent Robert Dubik welcomes the crowd of family and friends to the 2013 commencement ceremonies for the Cazenovia High School Class of 2013 on June 22. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Robert S. Dubik, superintendent of schools for Cazenovia Central School District since 2004, will retire when his current contract expires at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

Dubik informed members of the Cazenovia Board of Education of his plans at their June 17 meeting. He notified district staff during an end-of-year celebration June 21.

“It was a tough decision,” Dubik said. “When you do something for 38 years, of course you’re going to miss it. But this is good timing. The district will be experiencing a lot of change over the next few years, with declining enrollment and the possible realignment of our buildings. The new superintendent can be at the forefront of those transitions.”

Dubik first came to Cazenovia in 1991 to serve first as assistant principal of Cazenovia High School for three years, and then as principal of Burton Street Elementary School for two years. He left the district in 1996 to become principal at Chestnut Hill Elementary School in the Liverpool Central School District.

In 1998, Dubik accepted a position with Waterloo Central School District as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. In 2002, he left Waterloo to lead Port Byron Central Schools as superintendent. He returned to Cazenovia two years later as superintendent.

“Bob has skillfully and diligently served the district for many years and in several roles,” Board of Education President Fritz Koennecke said. “Under Bob’s leadership, we’ve accrued state and national acclaim for the quality of our programs.”

During Dubik’s tenure as superintendent, Burton Street Elementary was one of 20 schools in the state to be recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education; Cazenovia High School was ranked No. 903 (out of more than 26,000) on the Newsweek America’s Best High Schools list and No. 7 (out of 430 Upstate schools) by Buffalo-based business magazine Business First; and the high school’s Project Lead the Way, agriculture and music programs gained national and state recognition.

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