South Colonie Central School District Board of Education recently announced the retirement of longstanding educator and Deputy Superintendent Timothy Backus. After 35 years of dedicated service and commitment to the growth and success of the South Colonie students and families, Backus has decided to embark on the next chapter in his journey.
Formally announcing his retirement at the Dec. 5 board meeting, Backus is set to retire effective July 1, 2024.
In a letter to the leadership team Backus outlined his 35 year legacy at the district.
I would like to thank the South Colonie Central School District for the range of opportunities afforded to me over the past 35 years. I have been lucky to serve as a teacher, department chair, assistant principal, curriculum supervisor and, most recently, as a deputy superintendent.
“Tim has been a pillar of strength, an advocate for academic excellence, and a source of inspiration for students and colleagues alike,” said Superintendent Dr. David Perry. “His commitment to education and tireless efforts have left an indelible mark on South Colonie. Particularly noteworthy are his contributions to the introduction of full-day Kindergarten at South Colonie in fall 2009, the establishment of Earth Science programming at the high school level, his delightful sense of humor, and much more. His absence will undoubtedly be felt, and he will be greatly missed.”
During his tenure, Backus’ leadership, wisdom, and collaborative spirit were instrumental in implementing positive changes, fostering innovation and creating a culture of improvement even in times of transition.
“In my time here, I’ve learned that impactful leadership happens in adversity,” Backus said. “During challenging times like the 2008 recession and the complexities of organizing for COVID, effective communication and coordination proved crucial. Whether navigating daily meetings during shutdown or ensuring fairness during the recession, keeping everyone informed was key. Bottom line – over communication became a valuable lesson—people crave information and honesty in uncertain times.”
Backus has spent his career dedicated to the success and well-being of every student and will be remembered and cherished by all who had the privilege of working alongside him.
“I express my deepest gratitude to each member of this community,” he said. “Your collaboration, support and commitment to our shared mission have been the driving forces behind the positive changes and innovations we’ve achieved together.”
The search for a replacement will commence immediately.