At its meeting last night, the Board of Education presented Superintendent of Schools Robert Pritchard, Ed.D. with a plaque in appreciation of his seven-and-a-half years of service to the South Orangetown Central School District.
Remarking on the “mighty ways” that he has impacted the District during his tenure, Board President Dana Stilley, Ph.D. cited Pritchard’s leadership–most recently in navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic and spearheading the successful $49.9M Capital Improvements Bond. “We want to thank you for your tremendous work,” Stilley said.
Tappan Zee High School senior Matthew Tobin expressed gratitude to Pritchard on behalf of the student body. “Our District is ranked in the top 50 in the state and it is a testament to your work. However, to the student body, everything that you have done on a personal level has been far more meaningful…Your frequent, random visits are a testament that you believe in boots on the ground and that what is most important is what is happening on a classroom level. You are an inspiration to me and many other students as someone who represents leadership, service and education,” remarked Tobin.
In closing, Tobin presented Pritchard with citations for his service in public education and the military from United States Senator Chuck Schumer and New York State Senator Elijah Reichlen-Melnick.
On behalf of the South Orangetown Central School District students, staff and community, thank you, Dr. Pritchard! We wish you the very best in your well-deserved retirement.