BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Broome County Catholic Schools are preparing to say goodbye to a leader.
Richard Bucci, President of Catholic Schools of Broome County, has announced he will be retiring at the end of the month.
Bucci served as the Mayor of Binghamton for 12 years. He then spent the last six years working with the Catholic School system.
When he took on the role of President, his goal was to secure the future of the school.
"Having a dynamic expanding curriculum tells the community that this school is poised for the future," said Bucci. "That's what I really wanted to do was to help secure the school for the future to make sure that we have a Catholic education in the community for years to come."
He spent his years adding technology, expanding the curriculum, and putting an emphasis on community service.
"We believe community service is really part of who we are as a school system. And we've worked to encourage and help facilitate our students to get involved in the community both locally and beyond our borders," he said.
Over the past several years, he helped send groups of students to Haiti multiple times a year.
Faculty said they are sad to see him go, but thankful for what he has done for the school system.
"He is a strong leader for Catholic Schools," said Matthew Martinkovic, Principal of Seton Catholic Central, "He's a great voice for us and I always hope he continues to be a great voice for us here at Seton Catholic Central."
Elizabeth Carter, who currently works at Binghamton University, will take over his position on July 1st.