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Chappaqua School District Bids Adieu To Retirees

Chappaqua District Clerk Theresa Markley is retiring after two decades of service
Chappaqua District Clerk Theresa Markley is retiring after two decades of service Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Seven Bridges Interim Principal Michael Kirsch, previously Grafflin's longtime principal, is given retirement gifts. Superintendent Lyn McKay is pictured to the left.
Seven Bridges Interim Principal Michael Kirsch, previously Grafflin's longtime principal, is given retirement gifts. Superintendent Lyn McKay is pictured to the left. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Andrew Selesnick, an outgoing assistant superintendent who is taking the top administrative post in Katonah-Lewisboro, is given a large image of Horace Greeley.
Andrew Selesnick, an outgoing assistant superintendent who is taking the top administrative post in Katonah-Lewisboro, is given a large image of Horace Greeley. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A reception for Chappaqua retirees is held prior to a school board meeting.
A reception for Chappaqua retirees is held prior to a school board meeting. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A photo of a list of Chappaqua retirees.
A photo of a list of Chappaqua retirees. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- While June in Chappaqua includes graduation for students, it is also a time when employees retire.

Outgoing employees were recently honored by the Chappaqua school board at its June 17 meeting, with was preceded with a reception.

Staffers from all six of Chappaqua's schools are among the retirees; principals, along with districtwide administrators, offered words of praise.

“We wish you well in your new and exciting adventures,” said Chappaqua school board President Karen Visser.

Several of the retirees have longstanding ties to the district. One of them is District Clerk Theresa Markley, who is retiring after two decades of service. Markley stood for recognition during the meeting.

Another example is Anthony Castagna, a head custodian at Seven Bridges Middle School who retired on Jan. 2. Interim Principal Michael Kirsch noted that Castagna worked for the district for 25 years, a time that included the 2003 opening of Seven Bridges.

“He’s always considered Seven Bridges his baby," Kirsch said.

Kirsch, who has served in his current post for two years following more than three decades as principal of Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School, was given his own retirement send off by McKay.

Another example of longevity is retiring Roaring Brook Elementary School teacher Ann Winters. Principal Amy Fishkin noted that Winters, who joined Roaring Brook in 1979, worked with five out of its six principals, something that she called “quite a feat.”

One administrator who is not retiring, but is leaving the district, was given his own honor.

Andrew Selesnick, who is assistant superintendent for leadership development and human resources, will become Katonah-Lewisboro's schools superintendent on July 1, ending a tenure in Chappaqua of more than two decades. Chappaqua Schools Superintendent Lyn McKay presented Selesnick with a giant image of Horace Greeley, the school's namesake, as a going-away present.

A photo of the district's list of retirees can be viewed here.

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