Marathon BOE names new superintendent

Andy Buchsbaum, the new superintendent of schools for the Marathon Central School District. (Photo via the Marathon Central School District).

The Marathon Central School District (MCSD) Board of Education (BOE) recently announced the new superintendent of schools, according to a release.

Andy Buchsbaum, previously part of the Owego-Apalachin Central School District (OACSD) administrative staff, has been selected to lead MCSD.

“Mr. Buchsbaum brings many key skills, strengths, talents, work experience, and professional achievements that are fundamental to getting great things done in the Marathon Central School District,” said MCSD BOE president Justin Lilley. “His inspiring team approach to leadership is very motivating and will foster a collaborative learning environment benefiting students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community, continuing the MCS mission to Embrace, Educate, and Empower.”

Buchsbaum replaces interim superintendent William Locke, who took over when former MCSD superintendent Rebecca Stone stepped down from her position in July.

“I have an immense amount of gratitude for the trust that the Board of Education and the

Marathon school community has placed in me,” Buchsbaum said. “I can't wait to get to work.”

Buchsbaum brings 22 years of experience in education to MCSD. He is currently OACSD’s director of accountability, health services, enrichment and school business. He previously held roles as the OACSD’s director of athletics, health, physical education and school improvement.

One of Buchsbaum’s goals for MCSD will be “to inspire innovative thinking, support collaborative learning, lead a team environment, and work successfully across diverse disciplines.”

“I feel strongly that, as the superintendent, it is my responsibility to create open, honest, and

collaborative relationships throughout the school district and community,” he said.

Buchsbaum was a physical education teacher in his hometown of Bridgeport, Conn. Throughout his career, he coached multiple sports, including indoor and outdoor track and field, baseball, and football. He also held roles for New Fairfield Public Schools as the health and physical education coordinator, athletic coordinator, physical education teacher, and the football team’s head coach.

During his time in New Fairfield, Buchsbaum owned and operated a business called “Ultimate Play,” which provided before- and after-school programs and summer camps for children. He also worked for three years as the director of New York Giants youth football camps, through Pro Sports Experience, in Westchester County, north of New York City, and in Fairfield County, Conn.

Buchsbaum worked as the Dean of Students and director of athletics, health, and physical education in the Liberty Central School District in Sullivan County before moving to his administrative position at OACSD in 2012.

Buchsbaum’s educational experience includes a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, and two master’s degrees — one in physical education from Hofstra University in Hempstead and the other in educational leadership and supervision from Canisius College in Buffalo. He holds certifications in New York as a school district and building leader, and participated in the New York State Superintendent Development program through SUNY Oswego.

Buchsbaum currently lives in Owego with his wife, Kelly, and their three sons – Jack, Sam, and Max.