As part of their first day of new teacher orientation, new faculty and staff from Newark Central School District recently attended a welcoming luncheon sponsored by the board of education at Newark High School.
Superintendent Matt Cook welcomed new staff and introduced others at the luncheon. Board members in attendance included President Russ Harris, Jim Miranda, Brad Steve and Pat Verdine. Other attendees were David Christler, chief of Newark Police Department; Ed Gnau, assistant superintendent for business; Krista Lewis, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction; Mayor Jonathan Taylor; Chuck Verkey, town supervisor of Arcadia; building and assistant principals; and district staff.
Harris told new staff he was looking forward to working with them, including presentations at board meetings. He wished them every success.
Taylor also welcomed new staff, telling them it is an “exciting time” for them to start working in Newark despite temporary inconveniences from an estimated $60 million in school and municipal projects.
He noted IEC Electronics’ upcoming $22 million expansion and Wayne Arc’s development of a street of shops near T. Spencer Knight Park along the canal. Taylor said a team of students from Cornell University will work with the village to help redesign and enliven its downtown.
The mayor said Newark is one of five finalists in the next round of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a statewide competition in which one winner in each of the state’s 10 regional economic development councils will receive $10 million in state funding for local development.
Noting there are houses and land for sale in the village, Taylor thanked new staff for coming to NCSD and “becoming a part of the fabric of [the] community.”
Verkey outlined upcoming infrastructure improvements slated for the town of Arcadia and said there are plenty of homes and land for sale in the town.
“We’d love to have more teachers living here,” he said.
In introducing Christler to new staff, Cook said it was “bittersweet” for him because the police chief, who received the district’s Friend of Education Award in 2011, will retire soon.
“We thank him for all he has done for our school district,” Cook said.
Christler said he enjoyed working with the schools and that new staff had “come to the right district.”
“It is a great place to move to,” he said.
New staffers went on a bus tour of Newark with Cook and other administrators after the luncheon.