F-M Superintendent to retire at the end of 2014-15

Dr. Corliss Kaiser ends ten years in district

— The 2014-15 school year will be Dr. Corliss Kaiser’s last as the Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent.

Kaiser announced Aug. 28 during her opening day staff presentation that she will retire on June 30, 2015 after 46 years working in the field of education, including 10 as the F-M superintendent. She joined the district on July 1, 2005.

“As I stated when I took this position, I knew it would be the highlight, the pinnacle of my career, and it most certainly has been,” Dr. Kaiser said. “It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated, creative staff whose goal every day is to do their job to the best of their ability so that our students can learn and realize they can achieve great things.”

Dr. Kaiser trained and worked as a speech pathologist, audiologist and special education teacher prior to beginning her administrative career in 1988. In 1989, she was hired as an elementary school principal in the Oneida City School District, a position she held for 11 years before assuming administrative positions within the Syracuse City School District. She served one year as the Lansing Central School District superintendent before moving on to the Fayetteville-Manlius superintendent position.

“Dr. Kaiser exemplifies excellence in educational leadership,” said F-M Board of Education President Marissa Joy Mims. “At the heart of our district’s continued success is her emphasis on creating a supportive environment where all students have the opportunity to reach their highest potential through the collaborative effort of staff, parents and the board of education. We have been fortunate to have her leadership.”

The board will begin meeting in September to determine the process for conducting the search for a new superintendent. Mims said that early decisions by the board during the initial process will include identifying a partner to conduct the search, developing a timeline for the search process and determining characteristics that the district and community would like the next superintendent to possess. Ideally, the new superintendent will be selected with enough time to allow him or her a transitional period with Dr. Kaiser.

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