From the Principal

November 2018


Dear Students and Parents,


As we look to close out 2018 next month, the anticipation of a New Year and all the excitement that a New Year brings begins to set in.  With that excitement, it is with mixed feelings that I share with you that I will be retiring from the Carthage Central School District after a career that has spanned 34 years and saying good-bye to a building I love on December 21st.


I began teaching art at Carthage Elementary in 1985 and knew from that moment on, Carthage and Carthage Central would be my second home.  Over the years, I have had the opportunity to watch our students grow, not only in art, but academically, socially, and emotionally.  Fast forward 34 years, and today, I have had the extreme honor to have many students of former students say, “You had my Mom and Dad as an art teacher!”  


Over my career, I have been honored to work with some of the best principals and superintendents who have encouraged me and given me the strength and courage to take on the role as an administrator.  The most valuable lesson that I learned has been to be kind, respectful, and caring to each student, parent, and staff member who walks through the door every day.  This lesson stays with me as I recognize that every day is a new day and a new beginning.


After a lengthy search for a replacement, I am pleased to share with you that Mrs. Hope Foy has been appointed by the Board of Education as Principal of Carthage Elementary, beginning January 2, 2019.  Mrs. Foy comes to Carthage Elementary with a strong educational background, and has worked at Carthage Elementary as a fourth grade teacher and AIS math teacher.  It is my wish that her tenure here will be filled with new and exciting opportunities everyday while carrying on the tradition of educating our students and building them into the leaders of tomorrow.


Carthage Elementary has stood proud on Beaver Lane for over 40 years.  However, it is not the bricks that make the building great.  It is the staff, teachers, monitors, cafeteria workers, secretaries, custodians, and bus drivers that make the building a place where students feel loved and supported.  And I am confident that will continue for many years to come.


I want to thank each and every one of you for your support over the years.  I could have not done my job without your support and care.  As I walk into the building every day, I am reminded of what a lucky man I have been to be blessed to do a job that I love for so many years.  Yet, most importantly, it is the students who I have come in contact with over the years who have touched my heart in ways that I will never forget.


It truly has been an honor to serve the Carthage Central School District and, most importantly, Carthage Elementary for all these years.  I wish you and your family a joyous Holiday and a Happy 2019!

All my best,

Richard P. Weber