Mayfield district chief to retire

MAYFIELD – The Mayfield Central School District announced Monday that Superintendent Paul Williamsen will be retiring this June after five years with the district.

The decision came at the January Board of Education meeting, and the board is scheduled to accept his letter of retirement at its Feb. 19 meeting.

Williamsen said this morning he felt it was the right move to make.

“After 35 years in the career of education, I felt it was my time to step aside and spend time with my family and volunteer efforts in my community, Make-a-Wish, and my church,” he said.

During his last five months as superintendent, Williamsen said he will mainly look to help the district continue its goals set by the board and transition into the next administration. If that includes assisting in the search for the new superintendent, he said, he will help in any way he can.

Williamsen said one important factor for the district is state funding, which has decreased during the time he has been there.

“The governor and legislators need to continue looking at how they budget [for schools]. The cuts in aid [don’t] help with our program,” he said. “We need that funding to develop our program and make sure our kids our college ready.”

He added that the district has all the other elements with a strong teacher, parent and board of education base to help its students – the funding just needs to be there too.

Overall, Williamsen was pleased with his time at Mayfield.

“I think we have great students. I really appreciate that,” he said. “I trust that I’ve been a positive influence on our students and our programs.”