Richard J. D'Arcy spent five years on the Lancaster School Board in the 1990s, including four years as president, ultimately losing a re-election bid to a candidate who was backed by taxpayer groups.
For the next decade, D'Arcy continued to serve on the board for Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services. For several years, he also sat on the executive board of the Erie County Association of School Boards, including more than a year as president.
His career as a volunteer elected official ended this month when he accepted a temporary appointment as the Lancaster School District's interim business administrator, at a six-month salary of $45,000.
"There was a need, and certainly I had the qualifications and the ability," D'Arcy said.
For 24 years, D'Arcy worked for Midland Asphalt Materials in the City of Tonawanda, for many years as treasurer and assistant secretary. When the company restructured in October and he lost his position, he began weighing a career change.
Since the beginning of January, he has been filling in for Edward J. Myszka, the assistant superintendent for business in the Lancaster School District. Myszka is working as the interim superintendent, following Thomas J. Markle's resignation.
D'Arcy is working on his school business administrator's certification at Niagara University, a process he expects will wrap up this summer. He is not required to hold the certification as an interim administrator; he would need to complete the certification before taking a permanent position with a school district.
After accepting the Lancaster job, he had to step down as a member of the Erie 1 BOCES board and as president of the Erie County Association of School Board's executive body to avoid a conflict of interest.
West Seneca School Board member Mary J. Busse moved up from vice president to become president of the school boards association.
The Erie 1 BOCES board appointed Cheektowaga School Board member Raymond L. Carr to fill D'Arcy's seat. Carr, who is serving his sixth five-year term on the Cheektowaga board, is the retired vice president and general manager of Trench Manufacturing.
The Lancaster School Board is trying to decide how to go about finding a permanent superintendent. Myszka has said he is interested in the position. If the board decides to appoint him, D'Arcy would be interested in the assistant superintendency, he said.
After a closed-door meeting last week, the board decided to postpone any decision until March 5.