MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School Superintendent Dr. Dennis Creedon announced Thursday night (July 13) that he will step down from his post at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Creedon revealed his decision during the Board of Education meeting while reading a prepared 1,000-word-plus statement, at times getting visibly emotional.

Creedon, who will be 63 in September, signed a three-year contract in 2015, so he will complete the terms of that agreement. Asked if a contract extension had ever been discussed with the School Board, he said, “It was discussed, but I don’t want to go into that.”

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Creedon came to Mahopac from Philadelphia where he was deputy chief academic officer of the school district there. He had also been an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania at the Wharton Cultural Management Program and the Mid-Career Doctoral Program.

He said he’s unsure what lies in store for him after his departure from Mahopac.

“I haven’t really put any of the ducks in order,” he said. “But I am going to be 63 and I am not getting any younger. The work is demanding with long hours and a decision had to be made.”

Creedon said he would like to remain in the Hudson Valley and start painting again, a lifelong passion of his.

“I think if I were to retire I would lose my mind but I don’t know what is next in my path,” he said. “You go where you need to go and I have faith I am in God’s hands. I may slow down and pick up my paint brush again, but I don’t think I am ready to completely leave education.”

Creedon noted that while he has only been in Mahopac for two years, he believes strongly that the district is headed in the right direction.

“In reality, the work is a marathon and not a sprint but the most important thing is distributed leadership and empowering those you work with,” he said. “The three [assistant] superintendents we have here are amazing and the work they’ve achieved is amazing and I’ve been happy to support them and see their work grow.”

Creedon noted that technology, in particular, has grown dramatically in the two years he’s been here.

“Every child will have a Chrome Book next year, making technology ubiquitous,” he said. “Every child is born with a handheld now and our educators are transitioning in so many ways with kids having access 24/7 to every book in the world. We must lead them in ways to be safe and empower them to use the tools in their hands to learn everything they want. We are all going to be in a race to continue to play catch up and stay on the cutting edge.

“I am not running away,” he added. “[Mahopac] is a great town and great school system that does great things.”