Homer School District Superintendent Nancy Ruscio announces retirement

Nancy Ruscio (photo provided)

HOMER, N.Y. - The superintendent for the Homer Central School District has announced she will step down from the position at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

In a letter to faculty and staff at the school district, Nancy Ruscio announced she would be retiring after serving for seven years as the school superintendent.

Ruscio said the district has made enormous strides in recent years, becoming a "lighthouse district" and on the verge of "becoming a Model of School of Innovation" in five years.

"Few in our business are are able to take the path I have been privileged to take, coming back and being the CEO of the district I attended during my K-12 education and graduated from," Ruscio said.

During her tenure, Ruscio often faced criticism for the school district's decision to close Hartnett Elementary School in Truxton, with some opponents calling for her resignation.

Ruscio's retirement will be effective June 30, 2018, with a new superintendent expected to be in place by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.