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BY: Mike Pidanick, Metro Source | January 16, 2013

LANCASTER- The end of an era is near at Lancaster Central Schools. Superintendent Edward J. Myszka announced his retirement from the district, effective at the end of the school year.

A Lancaster High School graduate, Myszka has been in the district for 46 years and the superintendent since 2007.
Myszka made his official announcement at Monday's school board meeting at Hillview Elementary School. The retirement is effective June 30, 2013.

"Although I look forward to new adventures, I look back on my 46 years at Lancaster and know there is much I would miss," Myszka said in an emotional speech to the board. "This is a community that values education.”

Myszka received a standing ovation following his announcement. He took the opportunity to discuss his gratitude for an assortment of people.

"I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful people - starting with the board of education - dedicated individuals who volunteer their time and talent," he said. "Administrators, teachers, support staff, parents - all are import - all working as a team to provide our students with the best education possible. And of course I will miss the students - their energy and enthusiasm, all that they contribute to our community."

Board president Kenneth Graber said the board has been aware of Myszka's intentions. The position has been discussed and details will be announced at future board meetings.

Myszka has served the district as a business teacher, including the chair of the business department for 12 years, advisor to the DECA club, vice president of the Lancaster Central Teachers Association and assistant superintendent of business and support services for 27 years.

"I don't think there's anybody in this entire district that didn't have the highest regard and the work you've done on behalf of the children in this district," Graber said to Myszka. "You're going to be sorely missed."

Myszka helped the district save significant amounts of money through collaborative agreements with the Town and Village of Lancaster and other municipal agencies. Under his direction, the district has received energy grants saving the taxpayers more than $350,000.

Although his time as an administrator is coming to an end, he will always remain a Redskin at heart.

"I have always loved Lancaster schools and will continue to be a staunch supporter and fan," he said.

Also on Monday's agenda was a video presentation given by Hillview teachers Teresa Fancher and Krystel Murtha on the Orton Gillingham Method for Reading, a multisensory program that helps young students learn how to read and spell.

A number of other items were unanimously approved by the board, including contracts with the Alden, East Aurora and Frontier school districts as well as the committee on Special Education and Preschool Special Education.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Central Avenue School Building. A work session will immediately follow.

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