Canajoharie Superintendent Grimshaw to retire at end of school year

Canajoharie superintendent spent seven years at district

Deborah Grimshaw (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

CANAJOHARIE — Canajoharie Central School District Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw, who has served the district since December 2011, will be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the Canajoharie school community,” Grimshaw said in a news release. “I cannot express my gratitude for the opportunity to finish this part of my career here.”

Grimshaw’s retirement will take effect on June 30, 2019.

Her decision to retire comes after serving the district for seven years, making it eight years at the end of the school year.

She said the average number of years a superintendent works for a school district is approximately three to four years.

“It has come to a point in life when I believe I have made all the contributions to the district that I can,” Grimshaw said.

Throughout her seven years as superintendent, Grimshaw has made many accomplishments for the district. These include expanding its early childhood education program, increased its focus on social and emotional learning, adding social workers and crisis counselors and beginning a kindergarten through fifth grade literacy initiative. She also over saw the implementation of a community eligibility program that provides free lunch and breakfast for all students during the school year including meals during the summer months.

“Mrs. Grimshaw has been a leader for our times. Not only did she work tirelessly to help our district navigate the challenges of state and federal mandates but she provides forward-thinking leadership to bring our community to the 21st century,” said Board of Education President Mark Brody in the press release. “Among her crowning achievements were the implementation of a restorative justice approach to discipline, a one-on-one computer program, consistent advocacy to acquire funding for public education, and a compassionate approach to addressing effects of poverty on students in our district. She sorely will be missed and will be difficult to replace.”

Grimshaw said she is unsure of what her plans are after she retires from the school district.

“I am still exploring the possibilities and different options for what comes next,” Grimshaw said.

She does however, plan to continue to live in the community.

Grimshaw said she looks forward to continue to support the students as a community member and will continue to work with the district and help select the next superintendent.