A surprise in the Canandaigua School District. Superintendent Donald Raw has suddenly resigned.
Canandaigua Superintendent Donald Raw submitted his resignation during a special board meeting Monday night. After 6 years, he's stepping down. School board members say it was not expected.
Noma Kent is a former teacher's aide at the high school. She says the news is a shock, especially right before a new school year.
"He was a very strong leader. Very on top of what was going on in the district. Very authoritative leadership and very capable leadership," said Kent.
In his resignation letter, Raw writes...
"Life's events have recently impacted some of my key decisons for the future; specifically the passing of my sister, Terri, and a sudden health issue."
There are three assistant superintendents in Canandaigua. At this time, they will take care of all responsibilities until an interim is named.
That should happen by September 1 which is Raw's last day. Then, a search will begin to find a permanent replacement.
As the school district looks to the future, Kent says Raw will be missed.
"The district is well known for its programs, and he kept the reputation of the school very high," said Kent.
School begins in Canandaigua on Thursday, September 6.
They expect it to be business as usual with an interim superintendent in place.