“While I am looking forward to this new phase in my life, I am also sad to leave the district where I have spent the last 36 years as a teacher, administrator and superintendent,” Dante told board members while reading from a prepared statement. “It is indeed a privilege and blessing to have served these years in the same school district, especially that of the caliber of Canfield Local Schools.”
He mentioned that 12 was his favorite number, stating that he was born on April 12, graduated in '72, which is a multiple of 12, was assigned Room 12 as a teacher, just completed his 12th year in the central office, is in his 36th year in the district, another multiple of 12, and will be serving the seniors who are the graduating class of 2012.
Zambrini said the announcement was made at the meeting for a reason. He didn’t want board members and friends to find out through Facebook gossip or emails.
“I wanted to inform the board first hand,” Zambrini said.
He also invited his mentor and close friend Joyce Brooks so she could also be the first to hear of the retirement plans.
As Zambrini read a two-page, pre-composed statement, many at the meeting teared up. There were moments where Zambrini himself got chocked up while trying to finish his talk.
At the end, everyone seemed a little saddened by the announcement. Board president Brian Kesner said, “It is with a heavy heart that we are seeing this happen.”
Board member Tony Peluso said, “You don’t know what you had till it’s gone.”
Zambrini said he wanted to make the announcement with plenty of advance notice, stating he would be glad to work with his replacement to ensure a smooth transition. He also stated he is not considering it a retirement.
“I won’t use the word retiring,” he told those present at the meeting. “I’ll just say I am graduating.”
He said he plans to devote more time to his hobbies after the school year ends, but plans to stay in the area.
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Canfield Schools superintendent Dante Zambrini