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Waterloo Searching for a New School Superintendent


Embattled Waterloo School Superintendent Terri Bavis has retired.  The Waterloo Board of Education and Bavis reached an agreement that will have Bavis retire effective immediately.

Mike Midey, the former superintendent in the Bloomfield and Romulus school districts will serve interim superintendent.

The district recognized Bavis for her dedication and leadership, wishing her a fulfilling retirement. Her decision comes after 36 years in public education, influenced partly by her father’s recent passing and a desire to focus on family and new aspirations.

Bavis came under fire following the new school budget being voted down twice. In May the original budget was defeated by eight votes, 304-296, then in a second vote the budget was defeated by just one vote 296-295.

Bavis was recently a finalist for the superintendent’s job in the Dansville School District.

A Message from the Waterloo CSD Board of Education was posted Saturday on the school’s webpage:

The Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Terri Bavis have reached an agreement and Mrs. Bavis will retire effective December 3, 2023. The district is grateful for her accomplishments and passion in leading our district over the past seven years. We wish Mrs. Bavis a happy, healthy, and well-deserved retirement.

Mr. Mike Midey, a long-time Seneca Falls resident and former superintendent in the Bloomfield and Romulus school districts, will serve as interim superintendent until the end of December. The board will provide further details about an interim superintendent for the remainder of the year as plans are finalized.

The board intends to contract with Mr. Mike Ford to assist with our next superintendent search. Mr. Ford has facilitated searches for Seneca Falls, Marcus Whitman, Marion, Bloomfield, and approximately fifteen other school districts in recent years.

Mrs. Bavis expressed the following:

“Eight years ago, the Waterloo Board of Education afforded me the tremendous opportunity of becoming their Superintendent. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the staff, students, and families at Waterloo Central School District. After thirty-six years as a public educator, after much consideration, and my father’s recent passing, I have decided to retire to spend more time with my family and pursue other dreams while I am still able to do so. I have greatly appreciated the support and collaboration of Waterloo’s many community partners and I am proud of the work we have accomplished together for the betterment of the Waterloo Community. The Waterloo staff, students, and community will always hold a special place in my heart.”

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