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Schnabl to leave Caz to become Sherburne-Earleville superintendent

— Last week, as superintendent-designate, Schnabl and his wife attended an education forum in the S-E district where he saw many former colleagues and students from his tenure as S-E teacher and administrator.

“I just feel so welcomed and people embraced the fact that I’ll be coming back and rejoining Sherburne community,” he said.

The Sherburne-Earlville Central School District is made up of 11 townships and schools from Lebanon, Poolville, Earlville, Smyrna, North Norwich and Sherburne. The student population of 1,800 is serviced by about 150 professional staff members, while the school district population is approximately 7,700 residents, according to the district website.

The district began its search for a new superintendent last year, when current S-E Superintendent Gayle H. Hellert, announced her retirement. Applications were accepted through December, final interviews were done in early February and Schnabl’s unanimous selection by the S-E school board was made at its March 10 meeting.

Calls for comment to Sherburne-Earlville Board of Education President Thomas Morris and retiring Sherburne-Earlville Superintendent Gayle Hellert were not returned.

When Schnabl submitted his letter of resignation last week, “it was tough. Bittersweet, definitely,” he said. “I’m really excited to start my new career as superintendent, but on the other hand I’m sad to leave my friends and colleagues and my Caz family … It’s been an honor and privilege to be a part of Cazenovia.”

“We’re happy for Eric, this was a goal of his and he achieved it,” Dubik said. “I’m sure he’ll be successful.”

Once the Cazenovia BOE accepts Schnabl’s resignation, which was expected to occur on March 24, the administration will begin the search process to find his successor.

Dubik said he has contacted Cazenovia’s superintendent-designate, Matthew Reilly, to inform him of Schnabl’s departure and that Reilly will lead the search process.

“He’s going to work with these people so he should hire his own staff,” Dubik said. “That’s the reason I announced my retirement early.”

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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