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  • Caputo recognized for always putting students first

  • Board members — current and former — recognized Joyce Caputo for her time as superintendent of schools of the Mohawk Central School District on Tuesday night.

    Noting his words were coming from the heart, board President James Fleming said during her ten years as head of the school district, she “always put the students first.”

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  • Board members — current and former — recognized Joyce Caputo for her time as superintendent of schools of the Mohawk Central School District on Tuesday night.
    Noting his words were coming from the heart, board President James Fleming said during her ten years as head of the school district, she “always put the students first.”
    “These years haven’t been easy ones, with state aid cuts, increased mandates and a host of day-to-day issues,” said Fleming. “At all times, the students, teachers and parents of the Mohawk Central School District came first.”
    Caputo earned her bachelor’s degree from Marietta College and her master’s in English education from SUNY Plattsburgh. She earned her advanced certification in educational administration from the College of Saint Rose in Albany. She became an English teacher and served as principal at Gloversville High School and then at Johnstown Elementary School. She became superintendent at Mohawk in 2002.
    Caputo, who became emotional at times during the meeting, talked about the challenges faced over the years. “I have worked with board members who have willingly given of their time and energy, doing a great job at a sometimes very difficult task of being on the school board,” she said. “It has been my pleasure to have worked with each and every one of you and have gotten to know you. We have accomplished much in the areas of instruction, curriculum and facilities and we have weathered many storms. Thank-you.”
    Gene Beirne — who has served as an interim high school principal and acting elementary school principal in the Mohawk School District — became the acting superintendent on Sept. 4. He will be trained in Caputo’s position and will become the interim superintendent effective on Sept. 10.
    Caputo’s retirement will be effective on Sept. 9.
    “The school district is fortunate that Mr. Beirne is able to assume the duties of Mohawk’s superintendent for the 2012 - 2013 school year,” said Caputo. “Gene is excited to work as the superintendent because he knows that the spirit of Mohawk is in the people of the district — you as the board, the faculty and staff, students and parents and community.”
    During the meeting, Beirne was also appointed to deputy clerk, records management officer and certifier of payrolls and conference requests as the interim superintendent.
    Caputo was given a plaque and certificate by the board members to recognize her work.
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