GENESEO — One of the Geneseo Central School District’s favorite teachers has quietly retired and is serving the community’s children in new ways.
Geneseo Central School District Tim Hayes confirmed Thomas Bushnell’s retirement. He was placed on administrative leave for an undisclosed incident last year.
“I’m only able to share that Mr, Bushnell has resigned from the District for the purpose of retirement,” said Hayes in an email.
Bushnell taught elementary social studies for over 20 years, and was a prominent figure at the school and within the community. He was a favorite teacher for many students.
“My kids absolutely loved him as a teacher,” said one parent, who asked not to be named. “He was great with the kids and made social studies my son’s favorite class. It’s a real loss for the students who will never get have him as their teacher.”
However, Bushnell continues to serve Geneseo as a Village Court Justice, and has put his head together with Rev. William Daniel Jr. to start an after school program for at-risk children.
The program, R Kids, is a collaboration between Geneseo Central School and SUNY Geneseo. With the help of grants from the Episcopal Church, R Kids continues to expand its service area. It started serving only the Highlands, then spread to Laughlin Lane, then to Aprile Way.
Bushnell said that projects like this are his meaningful service to the community now.
“I’m going to miss the kids, I’m going to miss my colleagues,” said Bushnell. “but I’m looking forward to serving the community in other ways.”