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The Dansville Online
  • Longtime DCS buildings, grounds super retires

  • May 3 was the final day for Dansville Central’s buildings and grounds superintendent Paul Sick, who retired after 24 years of service.

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  • It’s often one of the least glorified jobs in any given school district, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important.
    May 3 was the final day for Dansville Central’s buildings and grounds superintendent Paul Sick, who retired after 24 years of service.
    “It’s hard to end something that you’ve been so dedicated to for so long. You do it with apprehension.”
    Sick is a lifetime resident of Dansville, who came back to work in his alma matter after 15 years of owning and operating his own locally-based HVAC business.
    In deciding to take on the superintendent position, Sick said he was, “looking for a job I didn’t have to work 24/7,” which was the result of his successful business.
    He started as Dansville’s buildings and grounds superintendent right off the bat. In short, the job requires the supervision of daily cleaning, maintenance and general operation of all of the school’s properties.
    The highlights of his career, he said, was overseeing more than $50 million worth of renovations to every building in the school district from 1998 to 2004.
    He said that throughout his many years, he’s always been proud of what he and the people under him have done to “maintain a safe and healthy environment for students.”
    As for his last day, he wished to not be noticed or given any fanfare, just to leave the campus when the time came to call it a day.
    “We’ve already had lots of celebrations and I’ve received many nice cards and thoughts from people, which I genuinely appreciate.”
    On April 24, the board of education honored him with a cake, an engraved sneaker paperweight and “some very nice words were said.”
    Taking the helm as new building and grounds superintendent is Sick’s longtime assistant, Jeff Hayes, who has been on the job for almost as long as Sick.
    During his retirement, Sick said he will enjoy some family time, traveling and continuing his position with the Town of Dansville Planning Board.

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