Fredonia School Board: Stutzman will be missed

The Fredonia Central School District is poised to lose another administrator on the heels of Superintendent Paul DiFonzo’s retirement announcement.

Scot Stutzman, assistant high school principal and athletic director, submitted his resignation to the board of education to take up a job as principal at Cassadaga Valley Middle-High School. The school board on Tuesday unanimously accepted his resignation, effective Feb. 10.

“We’re going to miss him and (we) hate to see him go, but I think it’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for him,” Board President Michael Bobseine remarked.

DiFonzo lauded Stutzman’s work for the district the past seven years.

“When someone comes into your district and works as an assistant principal, the aspiration’s always to move to the next level,” he added. “Mr. Stutzman is going to do an outstanding job at Cassadaga Valley. I’ve talked to their superintendent and they’re really excited to get Mr. Stutzman because of his experience and all of his positive attributes, and as much as we hate to lose him, we know that he’s very deserving and we wish him the very best of luck.”

DiFonzo noted Stutzman will always have a piece of Fredonia Hillbilly in him. He joked Fredonia’s door is always open to Stutzman, though he must hand his keys in.

High School Principal Darrin Paschke echoed DiFonzo’s sentiments, pointing out Stutzman always puts kids first and he developed a strong friendship with him in a short period of time.

“I love this district,” Stutzman told the board. “I thank you for my start. I love the students in this district. You’ve welcomed me, you’ve trained me. I’m honored by this new position at Cassadaga; I look forward to it. It’s a great step in my career, but I have to say this place is going to leave a special spot in my heart.”

Stutzman received a round of applause after his comments.

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