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Skaneateles School District to extend superintendent search

High school, middle school principals, curriculum coordinators set to retire

The Skaneateles Board of Education announced March 8 that it will not hire a new superintendent of schools this year.

A press release from the board states: “[…] the board has declined to offer the position to any candidate at this time, we will continue to search for that special individual we are sure is out there.”

One of the contributing reasons for the district deferring this decision is because it will have four key administrators retiring soon, interim superintendent Judy Pastel said.

High School Principal Georgette Hoskins will retire as of June 30 and Middle School Principal Timothy Chiavara will retire in October, 2013.

John Harmon, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator, had put in his resignation to retire effective June 30, 2012, but has continued working with the district part time this year and will retire permanently as of June 30, 2013. Margaret Culkowski, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Curriculum Coordinator will also retire effective June 30.

These four individuals were all hired by the district around the same time, 20-25 years ago, and thus it is logical that they would all decided to retire around the same time, though they all submitted their letters of resignation to the Board of Education at different times, Pastel said.

The district will be taking new applications for the superintendent position again some time in the future and will also still consider candidates who had applied the first time the position was advertised, Pastel said.

The district had previously announced the final two candidates for the position – Dr. Mark Davey and Dr. Theresa Pulos who are both superintendents with other districts in New York currently – and brought them to the district to meet teachers, students and the public in February. The board had said at that time that it would announce its decision by April of this year.

The district will extend the employment of Pastel, who was originally hired under a one-year contract that ends at the end June 2013. Though a new contract has not been drawn up and made official, it is the intention of the board to extend her contract through the end of June 2014, she said.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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