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Peekskill schools superintendent steps down, community in shock

Dr. David Fine states personal reasons for his resignation

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Parents and people around Peekskill are shocked to know that the city's school district superintendent, Dr. David Fine, will be stepping down to retire at the end of this school year.

June 30 will be the official last day of Dr. David Fine's nine-year tenure as superintendent of the Peekskill City School District.

The Board of Education accepted Fine's letter of resignation at Tuesday night's meeting. In it, Fine says in part:

“At this point I must reassess my priorities and make a change so that I can provide some needed focus on my personal life and family."

Even though the superintendent states personal reasons are why he's stepping down, parents and others in the community are upset by the news, prompting the school district to reassure them that Dr. Fine is entitled to his privacy and saying in a statement:

"We appreciate the superintendent's commitment to the students and families of Peekskill. The Board wishes Superintendent Fine well in his future endeavors."

The board says Dr. Lorenzo Licopoli will step in as acting superintendent. Dr. Fine will be on paid leave until his last day on June 30 but he may still be called in from time to time to help with the leadership transition.

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