Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NEWFANE — Newfane Superintendent Christine J. Tibbetts has retired. And she means it this time.
Tibbetts’ resignation, which took effect Sunday, comes after three years of leading the Newfane school district. She has been in the district’s top post since October 2010, five years after retiring the first time.
Prior to her appointment, Tibbetts spent two months in 2010 as interim superintendent, taking over following the retirement of Gary Pogorzelski. She was appointed permanently to the position despite the district going through a superintendent search, which led to three finalists. Board members decided to promote Tibbetts as the permanent choice because she was a better fit, a sentiment echoed by board members and district stakeholders at the time.
Tibbetts also served as interim Newfane superintendent for a few months in 2008 when Pogorzelski was out for health reasons. Prior to that, Tibbetts was superintendent of the Lyndonville School District from 2000 until she retired for the first time in 2005.
The first retirement ended when Tibbetts said she was given a chance to come “home.” And now, while she is looking forward to spending time with the family, leaving is a combination of happiness and sadness.
”It’s a bittersweet time,” Tibbetts said. “Coming back to Newfane was an honor that I never expected would happen in my life. To be the superintendent here, after being a teacher, an administrator for 29 years, was an incredible honor.”
Before moving to Lyndonville, Tibbetts worked in Newfane for almost three decades, first as a fifth-grade teacher for 15 years.
Tibbetts served as the head teacher of what was the old Olcott school for three years on Godfrey Road in Burt, then became the Newfane Early Childhood Center’s first principal when the district moved all of its early childhood programs to that building in the 90’s.
Tibbetts then finished her first go-around in Newfane as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.