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Thomas Heinzelman will serve another year as interim assistant principal/athletic director

Thomas HeinzelmanAugust 21, 2012 - Thomas Heinzelman will serve another year as interim assistant principal/athletic director at Goshen High School.

Heinzelman took over the interim position in August 2011, filling the spot made vacant by former assistant principal/athletic director Robert Siracuse. While serving as interim, the district conducted a search for a permanent replacement; however, the candidates who applied for the position did not meet its requirements for certifications and administrative experience.

Because a permanent replacement has not yet been found, and because Heinzelman was successful in establishing a positive atmosphere with the student body and athletic program, the district asked the State Education Department Office of Teaching to extend his interim position until June 30, 2013.

In the meantime, the district will conduct another search for a permanent replacement for the assistant principal/athletic director at Goshen High School.

A long career in education

Heinzelman has worked in education for 33 years. He began his career in 1975 as a physical education teacher at the Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, where he coached football, wrestling and lacrosse. After three years, he became the administrative dean of students.

In 1983, Heinzelman became the Director of Physical Education and Athletics and head varsity football coach at Hudson Falls Central School District, where he worked until his retirement in 2008.

Following his life-long dream

“I always knew since about the sixth grade that I wanted to a physical education teacher,” said Heinzelman. “I had a lot of great physical education teachers who were tremendous role models for me.”

Those role models were none other than the teachers at the Goshen Central School District – Heinzelman’s alma mater. He graduated from Goshen High School in 1971 and proudly wore his Gladiator uniform playing football, basketball and track. In fact, Heinzelman was inducted into the Goshen High School Hall of Fame in the early 80s.

Returning home

After retirement, Heinzelman admits that he had no interest in going back to work – that is, until a former colleague from his years working in Upstate New York called him and asked him to step in as interim at his old stomping ground.

“I’ve known Superintendent Daniel Connor for about 25 years when we were both administrators working upstate, and when he called and asked me to become an interim at Goshen High School, I couldn’t say no,” said Heinzelman. “Goshen is the only place I would accept a position such as this.”

The very first thing Heinzelman did upon returning to Goshen was drive by his old homestead on Golden Hill Avenue.

“It brings back a lot of great memories to be here,” said Heinzelman. “Goshen had a very caring and dedicated staff. The coaches provided good programs and the community was very involved in the schools. It was a great town to grow up in.”

As an interim, Heinzelman plans on providing leadership to help continue the athletic program as he remembers it. “Everyone wanted to wear a Gladiator uniform,” he said.

About Thomas Heinzelman

  • Graduated from Goshen High School in 1971

  • Received B.S. in physical education from Ithaca College in 1975

  • Received Master of Science in Education/Administration from SUNY Albany in 1980

  • Recipient of the New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA) Section II Athletic Administrator of the Year Award in 2008

  • President of the New York State High School Football Coaches Association (NYSHSFCA) from 2007-2010

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, that the Board of Education authorizes the Board President to execute an Amendment to the Contract dated August 1, 2011, with Thomas Heinzelman that extends his appointment as Interim Assistant Principal/Athletic Director for the maximum period effective August 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, and provides him with 12 vacation days per full year of service. A copy of which Amendment shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting. Mr. Heinzelman will have the right to receive his pension while employed with the District.

Original resolution: On August 1, 2011, the Board of Education unanimously entered into the following agreement with Tom Heinzelman: BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby authorizes its President to execute an employment agreement with Thomas Heinzelman to serve on a contractual, non-tenure bearing basis, as the Interim High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director pursuant to the provisions of an agreement dated August 1, 2011, as presented to the board at this meeting. A copy of said Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting. Under Section 211 of Retirement and Social Security Law and Section 88-5.5 of Commissioner's Regulations Mr. Heinzelman will be compensated the sum of $3,000 per week. It is understood that workdays shall include weekdays and Saturdays and that attendance at evening events, as well as evening board meetings, shall not be additionally compensated. Mr. Heinzelman will have the right to receive his pension while employed with the District.