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School superintendent announces he's retiring after 9 years of service

John Skahill, superintendent of the Brocton Central School District, Thursday night announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2010.

The School Board, in approving the request, accepted the resignation "with the deepest regrets."

When Skahill steps down, he will have completed nine years at the helm of the district.

During the board meeting Thursday night, he praised the district's students, faculty, staff and Board of Education.

"This school district will always be first among all of the districts I have worked in," he remarked.

Asked about his plans for retirement, he said he would do nothing for a year, then decide from there.

Board members expressed their deep respect for Skahill and what he has brought to the district. Before joining Brocton, Skahill was a superintendent of the Brookfield school system for 4 1/2 years. He was a high school principal in the Markham school district for 10 years.

Also during the meeting, Skahill gave a report on student enrollment as of Sept. 9: There are 678 students enrolled in the district compared with last year's 670. He added that there were 58 seniors last year and this year there are 55; 49 kindergartners compared with 46 last year. This year, he said, there are 44 juniors but didn't say how many there were last year.

In other matters, the board:

* Held a momment of silence in honor of Michael Cettell, a school bus driver recently killed when a tire he was filling exploded.

* Received a certificate of appreciation from the Brocton American Legion for assistance during the display recently of the Vietnam Moving Wall. The board also praised the American Legion and the project committee for bringing the Moving Wall to the village.

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