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Former Gloversville superintendent steps down from new position after DWI incident

VALATIE — A former Gloversville Enlarged School District superintendent will step down from his current position as head of the Ichabod Crane Central School District after he was arrested last month for drunk driving.

Michael B. Vanyo, 51, of 23 Donegal Way, Saratoga Springs, was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and a traffic infraction by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department on April 6.

Vanyo was taken into custody following an investigation into a two car collision on Maple Avenue in Wilton after he allegedly fled the scene. Police said no one was injured as a result of the accident that was limited to property damage to the involved vehicles.

Vanyo, who led GESD as superintendent from 2012 to 2017, was granted a voluntary unpaid leave of absence from his current position as superintendent at Ichabod Crane Central School District effective April 9 by the Board of Education following the incident.

On Wednesday, the board issued a statement saying that Vanyo would voluntarily resign from his position at the end of June.

“Over the past several weeks, the Board of Education and Superintendent Vanyo have been engaged in earnest discussions regarding the future of the current employment relationship between the superintendent and the Ichabod Crane Central School District. The board’s view has been that the interests of the district, its students and the community would be best served by Mr. Vanyo voluntarily stepping down as superintendent,” the statement reads.

According to the statement, the board approved a resolution on Tuesday to end Vanyo’s leave of absence so he can begin providing the district transition work from a remote location until his resignation becomes effective on June 30.

Ichabod Crane Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Guntlow has served as the district’s acting superintendent since April 9 and will continue to serve the district in this capacity until a new superintendent is in place.

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