NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Health concerns have forced New Rochelle Superintendent of Schools Richard Organisciak to make his retirement effective Friday.
Organisciak made an initial announcement on Aug. 27 that he would retire at the end of the school year, with the caveat that "personal issues" might move the date sooner.
He admitted his reason for retirement was health-related when he changed his date of resignation to Oct. 25 in a subsequent statement. Now, apparently, his deteriorating health will force him to step down at the end of the week.
The New Rochelle Board of Education made the notification with "sincere regret," according to a statement on its website.
"As the community is aware, when Mr. Organisciak initially announced his retirement as Superintendent of Schools, he contemplated the possibility that personal developments might necessitate an earlier effective retirement date," the statement read. "The members of the Board of Education extend to Mr. Organisciak and his family their best wishes."
In both previous statements, Organisciak said that he would work with the public and the administration "to effect an orderly transition of leadership."
The Board of Education did not indicate in the latest release whether that would still be the case.
A replacement has yet to be named by the district.