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2019-02-06 / Academics

Sidney CS Superintendent To Resign From Post

By Rosie Cunningham

SIDNEY - William Christensen will be stepping down from his post as the superintendent at Sidney Central School (SCS) after 8.5 years with the district.

In early January, the SCS Board of Education accepted Christensen’s resignation. He has accepted a position in the private sector.

“My resignation is effective June 30, 2019,” he stated in a release. “This was a very tough decision for me as I have truly loved the last eight years here in Sidney. I am very proud of the programmatic achievements that coincide with the professional growth of our instructional staff. Our students have benefited educationally as a result, and their accomplishments highlight these achievements. In 2010, I was directed to improve our district’s academic standing and to expand our offerings to do a better job of meeting the needs of our students and community. As a district, we are very proud of the improved facilities, our model summer programs, our enhanced college offerings for our students, our expanded mental health support, and most of all our improved academic achievement, where we went from near the bottom in our region to near the top. Our staff is exceptional which has facilitated these vast accomplishments. The Sidney Central School District will continue to lead educationally while implementing continuous growth opportunities for our students.”

The SCS Board of Education has hired a search consultant, Castallo & Silky LLC, to do the search for a new superintendent. Alan Pole has already started and district residents will be asked to participate in a survey to assist the Board of Education in the process.

Christensen said he is proud to be a part of the growth at SCS over the last eight years.

“I can’t take credit for it, but rather staff were challenged to improve our district,” he said. “The board of education charged me with two key things when I came in December of 2010. First was to address student achievement. Our student achievement as ranked by the annual Buffalo First publication had us 37 out of 39. We are currently 11 out of 41 districts and we are very proud of our staff and students.”

He discussed some of the accomplishments the district has achieved including an aquaponics program, which students are a part of and the produce grown is consumed in the school cafeteria.

In addition, SCS offers free college tuition for students who want to take college courses while in high school through partnering SUNY schools, totaling than $200,000 a year. SCS has developed summer programs that have been replicated in area districts. A near-free program provides after-school enrichment for students; free breakfast and lunch is available for all students along with a free summer feeding program, and the SCS has been improved with state of the art technology. Free SAT and ACT testing is available for all students.

“Our college pathways programs allow students to explore different areas to help best prepare them for college,” said Christensen. “There are others, but we are very pleased with the programming we have created and it is demonstrated with the large number of out of district students that now attend our district. We have consistently seen growth for the past few year. Our staff has done a great job changing our reputation and making Sidney a place to be.”

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