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Campbell, Jeanneret fill music department vacancy at F-M

A former 34.5-year Fayetteville-Manlius School District employee will reprise his role as a member of F-M High School’s Music Department for the 2012-13 school year.

Bruce Campbell, who directed the choirs at F-M High School from 1974 to 2007, will take on some of the duties held by David Brown, the district’s coordinator of K-12 music for the past five years. Brown is resigning this month to start a new job in the Ithaca City School District Sept. 26.

To fill Brown’s position for the 2012-13 school year, the F-M Board of Education on Sept. 10 approved hiring Campbell to take on all the choral responsibilities for the high school and John Jeanneret, who has worked with the district’s high school jazz ensemble, to teach Advanced Placement Theory. Jeanneret has also worked as a college music adjunct professor.

The one-year appointments will allow the district to conduct a full search in the spring, which should begin in January, with the intention to hire someone for the 2013-14 school year.

Since the position is being vacated at the beginning of the school year, the district is concerned that some people who will be interested in applying for the position are already committed to other school districts, said Jeff Gordon, F-M’s assistant superintendent for personnel.

“Waiting until the spring to conduct a search for a permanent replacement should yield a greater pool of experienced candidates,” he said. “In the meantime, we have two highly qualified individuals who are familiar with our district stepping in to ensure the excellence of our music program continues. We are confident that our students, staff, parents and community members will be pleased with the experience and expertise Campbell and Jeanneret bring to the table.”

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