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Bauerlein Receives Tenure in Pleasantville Schools

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pleasantville School District Athletic Director John Bauerlein will receive tenure in the district after completing his third year as director, school officials said.

“It’s a good thing because it means that the board and superintendent value my decision making and if you’re granting someone tenure you generally feel that they are doing a good job. It’s an honor” Bauerlein said.  “I love my job. I like being around the kids and athletics so I look forward to coming into work every day and I don’t think a lot of people can say that,”

Bauerlein took the position as the district’s athletic director in February of 2009 after spending 19 years at Dover High School in Dutchess County. Last Wednesday, Bauerlein was recommended to the Board of Education for tenure, which would be effective as of Feb. 1. After passing the resolution, members of the board had nothing but praise for Bauerlein and his work.

“I don’t think we could have a better role model for our students in being a team player and a leader,” said Board of Education President Lois Winkler.

Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter echoed Winkler’s thoughts.

“John’s a great member of our cabinet and he also has certification as an elementary teacher and a technology teacher, as well as being a certified athletic director, so he is a great contribution to the Pleasantville administrative team,” Fox-Alter said.

Since being named athletic director for the district, Bauerlein has made many changes to athletics such as improving the online scheduling system, implementing the ImPACT concussion assessment program and changing transportation regulations to allow student-athletes to go home from a sporting event with another parent with written permission.

Bauerlein said receiving tenure will not change the way he does his job. Bauerlein said he hopes to replace the high school’s turf field and also maintain athletics within budget constraints.

“The main goal is to do the right thing fiscally to protect athletics but yet look at different ways to save some money without losing programs,” Bauerlein said.

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