YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Dr. Florence O'Connor, the deputy superintendent of Yorktown Central School District, is retiring at the end of the school year.

The resignation of O'Connor, who has been with Yorktown for 10 years, was accepted at the Board of Education meeting last Monday.

"It's very hard for me to say goodbye," said Trustee Michael Magnani. "I was there in the interview room when you were hired. I knew then that you were the right person for the job...You never for one minute proved us wrong."

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All of the other present Board of Education members expressed a similar sentiment, many calling O'Connor the "consummate professional."

"You will be a hard act to follow," said Board President Jackie Carbone.

Superintendent Dr. Ralph Napolitano said he is looking forward to the May 25 board meeting, when they will give O'Connor a proper send-off.

"Florence has been a wonderful, wonderful asset to our district; a terrific partner to [Assistant Superintendent for Business] Tom [Cole] and myself, and I feel so much of what has been accomplished by the district over the years are directly related to her presence here," Napolitano said. "She's earnest and hardworking and sincere and honest, and truly an educator in every way, shape and form of the word."

O'Connor returned the compliments and said she was lucky to be able to work at Yorktown Central School District.

"It's been so wonderful to work with such a dedicated, bright Board of Education, to work with Dr. Napolitano, Mr. Cole, and all of the administrators," O'Connor said. "I think we have some of the finest teachers in the whole world here, and I will even tell you our students are just amazing. We have everything here. If you get to work in Yorktown, you're really a lucky human being."