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Rye School Board Honors Retiring Superintendent

RYE, N.Y. - The Rye City School District's Board of Education honored retiring Superintendent of Schools Edward Shine at what was his last school board meeting as the district's leader earlier this week.

Shine, who has served the district for 16 years, announced last summer that he would retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

"Under Dr. Shine's leadership, our school system had undergone a massive and wonderful transformation," Board of Education member Josh Nathan said. "Students graduating from Rye for years to come are Dr. Shine's students. For their educational preparation and future success we owe you, Dr. Shine, our sincerest gratitude."

Shine said that, although he doesn't believe in legacies, if he has one it will reflect in the district's teachers.

"The teachers are the most important people in the district, and the quality we are able to bring is going to have a day-to-day influence on the growth and learning of those children and young adults," Shine said.

In addition to honoring Shine, the district also recognized Middle School teachers Mary Henwood and Craig Dreves, the retiring PTO/PO leaders and district clerk Elaine Cuglietto. Cuglietto, who was responsible for administering all three votes this school year, was given the extra mile award.

The district held a special reception celebrating Shine's service on Wednesday evening. The district announced in March that New Jersey administrator Frank Alvarez will replace Shine as Superintendent on July 1.

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