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Warrensburg Central’s CEO to retire

Tim Lawson, Superintendent of Warrensburg Central Schools, takes a break in his office. Lawson is to retire this November, completing a 22-year career as an administrator at Warrensburg and Minerva School districts.

Tim Lawson, Superintendent of Warrensburg Central Schools, takes a break in his office. Lawson is to retire this November, completing a 22-year career as an administrator at Warrensburg and Minerva School districts. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Warrensburg Central Superintendent of Schools Tim Lawson is retiring this November, and the local school board has begun a process of seeking out the school system’s next chief executive.

The Warrensburg Central School Board of Education met Monday Jan. 14 with regional BOCES Superintendent James Dexter to discuss parameters for the search process.

Lawson, 54, notified the board two months ago that he was retiring as of Nov. 29, 2013. He has served as the school district’s superintendent since mid-2003. Beforehand, he was the principal of Warrensburg Elementary for about eight years. He began his service with the Warrensburg district following a five tenure as principal in the Minerva School District. From 1983 to 1990, he served as a technology instructor there.

This week, Lawson said he was retiring mid-year to allow a new superintendent of schools to be on board for the full process of preparing a budget for the 2014-15 school year.

“Retiring in November provides the school district with flexibility in the selection process and offers potential savings,” Lawson said. It also gives the school board sufficient time to pursue a thorough search for a new superintendent, he said.

In September, Lawson’s wife Gail Lawson retired from her position as guidance counselor at Warrensburg Central.

Since 1995, the two have resided in Thurman, where they’ve raised their children Katherine and Todd, both of whom attended Warrensburg Central and had notable academic and extra-curricular accomplishments.

Tim Lawson said he hadn’t yet decided on particular plans at this point for his retirement years.

“I have no idea yet,” he said. “I have a lot of hobbies and aspirations, so I have no concerns about filling my spare time.”

School district staffers, however, may be convincing him to continue one of his current activities — driving a school bus.

“The people at the bus garage want me to keep driving — as a substitute,” he said. “I know I want to stay in the area — and continue to support the school district and community.”

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