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The Hamburg schools' No. 2 administrator plans to retire July 1, closing a 42-year career spanning five superintendents and numerous changes -- making him a fixture in district administrative and teaching circles.

Associate Superintendent Edwin J. Osborne, overseeing 600-plus employees as head of personnel and the business department, is stepping down.

"These years have been years of deep satisfaction, fulfillment and joy," he said Monday. "The people I have known, the experiences I have had, and the challenges I have confronted have enriched my life and provided me with a career more rewarding than I could have ever imagined when I began this journey in 1959."

Osborne got his start in Hamburg as a high school social studies teacher in 1959 -- crafting the district's American history advanced-placement course and remaining in the classroom through 1972 teaching history and economics.

He then became director of personnel, a newly created position in the district. He has retained those duties ever since, although the job title was changed to associate superintendent for personnel in 1993.

Osborne has twice served as interim superintendent, in 1989 and again in 1997. In 1997, he also administered the district's $14.9 million capital project that brought full-day kindergarten and a middle school concept to the district.

His retirement plans include spending more time with his family, traveling and perhaps consultant work specializing in negotiations. The School Board plans to accept his retirement at tonight's meeting.

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