Milford Central School District officials on Thursday (June 10) announced the resignation of Superintendent Mark Place, effective at the end of the month.
Calling the decision an “amicable separation agreement”, Place wrote in an open letter that his resignation “was made in the best interests of our students, staff and families.”
“I came to MCS five years ago with the conviction that small rural schools, like the one I grew up in, are the places where relationships are really at the center of the work, and I leave with this conviction” , wrote Place. “My time spent at the front door each morning allowed me to greet each student by name, and the hugs of our elementary students who have only shown me kindness and smiles for the past five years will be missed.” Verry much. “
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES Superintendent Catherine Huber will take interim leadership of the Milford District until a successor is appointed, according to Milford School Board President Marion Mossman.
In a separate and concurrent open letter, Mossman said Place was pursuing “other professional / personal opportunities.”
Mossman thanked Place for his dedication to the district throughout his tenure, highlighting his oversight of a series of balanced budgets, an investment project and the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we recover from the Covid 19 pandemic and submit our federal stimulus plan, our work must focus on serving our students, implementing the MCS mission and vision that will serve our students to both academically and emotionally, while supporting our staff, ”Mossman wrote. “We are Milford Strong! “
“When I started in Milford the world was a different place than it is today,” Place said. “And yet, through a pandemic, global political upheaval, and the vitriol of social media, we’ve managed to do a great job together to make sure our students receive the best education we can offer them.”