NORTHVILLE - Northville Central School District Superintendent Kathy Dougherty announced Monday she will retire Oct. 16 after serving as an educator for 35 years, including five years as the superintendent of Northville.
Her retirement will come on her 58th birthday.
In a news release, Dougherty said she understands the ongoing discussions about the merger and there are upcoming votes. She believes the people who will be in charge are well prepared to handle the ongoing discussions about a possible merger with Mayfield Central School District and their upcoming votes.
"This is a huge decision for both communities," Dougherty said in the release. "I am confident that with the remaining communication efforts, including a comprehensive merger newsletter that will be mailed this week, we will have done a thorough job of explaining both sides of the issue, and that the voters' collective decision will reflect the will of our residents who have carefully educated themselves on the details of the merger."
Her announcement comes almost two weeks after Northville High School Principal Michael Healey announced his decision to leave to take a position at Galway High School after putting in 30-days' notice. Elementary Principal William Crankshaw will act as the principal for the elementary school and high school.
James Beirlein, president of the Board of Education, said the district is already actively searching for a replacement for the secondary school principal position, and the superintendent vacancy could be good for the district depending on whether the merger passes or not.
"I'm sure there will be people who will be happy, and I'm sure there will be people who will be concerned," Beirlein said. "I think if we step back and look at the big picture, we can look at starting a new district. It opens the door to a new superintendent, starting a new district with essentially a blank canvas.
He also said that Dougherty will be missed by staff and students at the district, and that he really enjoyed working with her.
If the Sept. 18 straw vote and Oct. 25 binding vote on the merger both pass, Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel would take over as interim superintendent, the release said.