Fayetteville-Manlius Superintendent Dr. Corliss Kaiser announces retirement

Dr. Corliss Kaiser

After a decade as the Superintendent of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District, the 2014-2015 school year will be Dr. Corliss Kaiserâ??s last.

Dr. Kaiser announced her retirement Thursday. Her last day will be June 30, 2015, which will mark the end of her 46 year career in education. She has spent the last ten years as the superintendent at F-M.

â??As I stated when I took this position, I knew it would be the highlight, the pinnacle of my career, and it most certainly has been,â?? Dr. Kaiser said. â??It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated, creative staff whose goal every day is to do their job to the best of their ability so that our students can learn and realize they can achieve great things.â??

Dr. Kaiser started her career as a speech pathologist, audiologist and special education teacher before moving to administration in 1988. She became the elementary principal in the Oneida City School District in 1989, where she spent the next 11 years of her career. She then moved on to take administrative positions in the Syracuse City School District. After a one year stint as Lansing Central School District superintendent, Dr. Kaiser moved into the F-M superintendent position.

â??Dr. Kaiser exemplifies excellence in educational leadership,â?? said F-M Board of Education President Marissa Joy Mims. â??At the heart of our districtâ??s continued success is her emphasis on creating a supportive environment where all students have the opportunity to reach their highest potential through the collaborative effort of staff, parents and the board of education. We have been fortunate to have her leadership.â??

The school board plans to begin meeting in September to decide on the process for the new superintendent search.

Dr. Kaiser has been involved in a number of community and professional organizations, including serving as a founding member of the Mohawk Valley-New York State Association for Women in Administration. She currently serves on the board of The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area, is a member of the New York State Council of School Superintendents Executive Committee and serves as the Rear Commodore for the Henderson Harbor Yacht Club.