NS super’s contract status unknown

— While rumors swirled about her status as superintendent, Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette was not in attendance at the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education’s annual organizational meeting Monday night.

BOE President Pat Carbone told the Star-Review: “She’s on vacation, and I have no other comment.”

Last month, the board had indicated that it would be reviewing Dyce’s three-year contract, which runs out next summer. She came to the district from Rochester in August of 2011, replacing the retiring Dr. Jerome Melvin.

During Dyce’s tenure, the district has seen two budgets fail, a student suspended over tweeting about the last failed budget and the firing of popular softball coach Kerry Bennett. Dyce’s administration has also implemented full-day kindergarten, changed the district’s administrative structure and set up a strategic five-year plan for the district’s future.

Carbone would not comment on whether Dyce’s contract review had taken place. As it is a personnel matter involving a specific employee, the review would take place in executive session. No vote regarding the status of her contract has been recorded.

Dyce could not be reached for comment. According to the district, she is on vacation until July 12.

Daniel Bowles, associate superintendent for teaching and learning, sat in for Dyce at the meeting.

The organizational meeting included the administration of the Oath of Office to the newly elected board members and the election of a president and vice president for the coming year.

District Clerk Connie Gibson administered the Oath of Office to Board members Mary Scanlon and Patrick Svoboda, both elected May 21. Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton, also elected at May 21, was not in attendance.

The board also reappointed Carbone as president and Vice President Robert Crabtree.

Immediately following the organizational meeting, the board held its first regular meeting.

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Following two presentations — the honoring of the C-NS girls’ softball team as state champions and the recognition of 12 teachers for their participation in the Leadership Enhancement for North Syracuse (LENS) program — Food Service Director Wendy Swift presented the 2013-14 food services budget, beginning with a recap of the past year and a look at changes for the coming year.

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