To the Cazenovia community:
It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to inform the Cazenovia community that I will be leaving the Cazenovia School District next year. I have accepted a position as an eighth grade social studies teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.
After four consecutive years of living with the threat of losing my job here at Cazenovia, this year was the most difficult to bear. For the last four years, I have lived in limbo, worrying if I would have a job the following September.
I did not anticipate the unprecedented support I received from the board of education and was shocked to hear that my job would be maintained for another year. As deeply honored and humbled as I am by their gracious vote to maintain the position for 2013-14, the current budgetary and demographic situation makes it likely that it will be under review again next year. Despite my sorrow to leave Cazenovia, it is hard to pass up the opportunity for a long-term position in a neighboring community that will offer peace of mind as well as a stable career and future.
I have grown as an educator at Cazenovia and I have enjoyed working alongside the teachers and staff of the school. It is the students, however, who hold the most special place in my heart. The Cazenovia community has raised an outstanding group of thoughtful, kind, and intelligent young adults.
I have been welcomed into this community by my students, their parents, and the residents of Cazenovia. I thank the community and the board of education for their efforts to help maintain my position. The support extended to me has been flattering and makes the decision to leave the Cazenovia School District that much more difficult. However, accepting the position at the nearby Fayetteville-Manlius School District provides me the opportunity to continue to live in and be a member of this special community, something I want very much.
I hope that I can continue to contribute to the community as a resident and I look forward to seeing my former students and their parents around town.
MARY KATE LONERGAN