After 35 years in public education, School Superintendent Bruce E. Inglis will be retiring from Cleveland Hill at the end of this school year to spend more time with his wife in their waterfront home on Keuka Lake.
Since he became superintendent in November 2000, Inglis has been commuting to Cleveland Hill, staying in an apartment during the week, and returning home to Hammondsport on weekends.
At 56, he has decided to invest more time in his hobbies -- many of which involve the outdoors, from boating to bicycling -- and consider a second career, possibly working for a winery in the Finger Lakes region he loves.
"The district is, I hope, better off as a result of my presence and my work with the staff," he said. "It's been a good ride, and I feel like I'm on top of my game. It's time to turn a different chapter and explore what other options are out there."
He already has had some job offers from wineries, which he's considering.
"Let's face it, in a winery, people come there because they want to come. They're there because they want to be there, not because they're under compulsory attendance age. They generally leave happier than when they come -- how could you go wrong with that?" he joked.
Inglis became superintendent in Cleveland Hill in November 2000, after holding the same job in the Cuba-Rushford School District in Allegany County and the Hammondsport School District.
When he arrived in Cleveland Hill, Inglis found himself in the midst of a sweeping $28.5 million capital project that came in $7 million over budget. The plans were scaled back, and for more than three years, extensive expansions and renovations at the three schools became his focus.
During his tenure, officials in Cleveland Hill and the other three districts in the Town of Cheektowaga -- Cheektowaga Central, Maryvale and Sloan -- started meeting to discuss common issues and find ways to collaborate. The districts now routinely meet a few times a year.
Several school superintendents in Erie County recently have resigned or retired, with Frontier, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda and Lancaster still without superintendents.