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Board of Education President Ryan Riefler steps down

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Ryan Riefler
July 7, 2017 -- Ryan Riefler, who was re-elected to his second term on the Marcellus Board of Education last year, has resigned.

In a June 27 letter to district Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio, Mr. Riefler said he was stepping down in an effort to rebalance his life and make his family a priority.

Mr. Riefler and his wife, Ryann, a teacher at Driver Middle School, have two young children who attend K.C. Heffernan Elementary School.

First elected to the Board in 2012, he has served as the body’s president since 2013. The Board is scheduled to officially accept his resignation at its July 10 meeting, when incumbent Dr. David Locastro and newcomer Mrs. Margaret Vensel will also be sworn in and new officers elected.

“Through the course of the last five years, I have had an opportunity to share in many wonderful celebrations of student achievement. I was fortunate to make so many great friendships with administrators, faculty, staff, students and parents,” Mr. Riefler writes. “The district is at the precipice of great achievement under the leadership of Michelle Brantner and, in that comfort, I feel it is my time to quietly move on.”

The district is in good hands with the Board members still in place, Mr. Riefler added. “They will all make well-informed and thoughtful decisions.”

Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner said the Board can take one of three actions now: Appoint someone to serve the balance of Mr. Riefler’s term, which expires in June 2019; leave the seat vacant until the next scheduled budget vote in May 2018, and then swear in the winning candidate immediately; or hold a special election.   

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