Four retirements accepted at Fredonia Central

A few familiar faces at Fredonia Central School will no longer be around after the end of the current school year now that they submitted their letters of resignation.

The board of education accepted four resignations, all for the purpose of retirement and effective July 1, during a recent meeting. This includes fifth-grade teacher Marlene Osman, data entry operator Barbara Fisher, microcomputer technical assistant Robin Frazita and building maintenance worker and mechanic Steve Kuczmierz.

Osman has been with the district for 26 years. Superintendent Paul DiFon-zo said she has done an “outstanding job” and wished her happiness in her retirement.

Fisher will be leaving the district after 37 years.

“She’s done a great job taking care of payroll … and she does so many things with human resources,” DiFonzo said.

“The whole time I’ve been here, she’s been the payroll clerk,” Business Administrator John Forbes remarked. “It’ll be quite an adjustment for us with her no longer around. She’s done a great job and I could always count on her having payroll ready every two weeks and I wouldn’t have to worry about it. I appreciate her service.”

Frazita will be leaving the district with 21 years of service under her belt.

“We consider Robin to be one of our runners because she’s constantly on the go and constantly addressing teachers’ needs,” DiFonzo said.

“She has been a constant in the department ever since I’ve come to the district,” Director of Instruction Joseph Reyda added. “No one works harder than Robin and we are going to deeply miss her.”

Kuczmierz has worked in building maintenance for the past 12 years.

“He’s always positive and always visiting the district office, picking up the mail on a daily basis. He’s just one of those people you enjoy seeing during the day,” DiFonzo said, adding he is “always smiling.”

Also during the meeting, Jana Ashworth was granted tenure as an elementary school teacher. Ashworth has her professional certification in childhood education for grades one through six. She is a first-grade teacher in the district.

“That’s always a wonderful step in a teacher’s career,” DiFonzo said. “It shows that you’ve shown excellence and you’ll continue to improve, so congratulations to Jana.”

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