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Doing double duty

Skaneateles administrator Stacey Tice looks after students’ minds and bodies

Skaneateles CSD Athletic Director and Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Stacey Tice holds a combined administrative position that previously was done by two separate people. "It's certainly not a 40-hour-a-week job," she says.

Skaneateles CSD Athletic Director and Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Stacey Tice holds a combined administrative position that previously was done by two separate people. "It's certainly not a 40-hour-a-week job," she says. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Stacey Tice does not have much spare time.

For the past year, she basically has been doing the job of two people in her “combined” administrative position in the Skaneateles school district. She serves as both the district athletic director (grades 7 through 12) and as the curriculum coordinator for elementary (grades K through 5) math, science and health.

“It is very challenging to juggle these jobs — prioritization is the key,” Tice said. “Certain times of the day athletics takes precedence and other times curriculum does. There’s no clean split between the two. It’s certainly not a 40-hour-a-week job.”

Tice typically arrives at her office in the high school at about 8 a.m. and does not leave until about 10 p.m., she said, and yet, she added, “I do love it.”

Her unusual position was created in summer 2010 after the resignation of the previous full-time athletic director, Rick Pound, who moved to Rochester.

Tice, who worked as a full-time pre-administrative intern in Skaneateles during the 2009-10 school year, heard about the opening and applied for the position because in addition to having a doctorate in education and curriculum from Syracuse University, she also has a bachelor's degree in science and physical education, and previously taught physical education and coaching in Colorado.

While needing a new athletic director, the board of education already was looking to cut the elementary curriculum coordinator position from full time to part time to save money, and so superintendent Phil D’Angelo proposed to create a new position that was a split between the two jobs.

“It was just good timing,” D’Angelo said. “They are disparate positions but Stacey had just finished her internship, we knew she had strength in both areas, and she was just a perfect fit for the job. It is typically hard to find someone to fill both those responsibilities.”

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