SARANAC LAKE - Two longtime Saranac Lake Central School District employees with about 77 years of service between them are retiring.
"It's been the best job, no question," said Business Executive Mike Kilroy, who plans to retire along with Purchasing Agent Dick Mose on Jan. 31, 2010. Their last day of work will be Friday, Jan. 29.
The school board will likely accept their retirements at the Dec. 2 regular meeting, said district Superintendent Gerry Goldman. Goldman praised their almost eight decades of service to the district and said they "always seem to be the first to step up" if someone needs help.
Mike Kilroy, left, and Dick Mose share a laugh Tuesday.
(Enterprise photo — Nathan Brown)
"They're both throwbacks in that regard," Goldman said. "They feel like, when you're working for (the school district), you're working for the whole community."
Kilroy taught various business classes at the high school, such as accounting, typing and shorthand, before becoming business executive in June 1994. He still taught accounting and driver's education some years during his tenure in the business office, he said.
He has worked under nine superintendents, the first being Ernie Seifried, who hired him in 1974.
"I've really gotten along with all of them," Kilroy said.
Mose started working for the district as a truck driver and then worked as store clerk before becoming purchasing agent in 1976. The purchasing agent is in charge of buying almost everything the district buys, a job which, Mose said, hasn't changed much over his tenure.
Kilroy said the paperwork requirements and the strings attached to how money can be spent have tightened.
"There's no flexibility anymore," Kilroy said.
Goldman said both positions will be advertised, and that there are probably some people who work for the district interested in Mose's position. Kilroy's position, he said, would probably be advertised more widely, although there also may be district employees interested in that position.
"You don't replace people like that very easily," Goldman said. "They have a knowledge base that they've acquired over all that time that ... you don't get that with a college diploma."
Kilroy said he would stay part-time to help his successor with the transition, if needed. He will continue as the town of Harrietstown's budget officer.
"The district is in great financial shape," Kilroy said, but his successor will have a lot to learn about what is now a $27 million annual budget.
"It's not nickel and dime anymore."
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