North Collins added to list of districts seeking new superintendent
Monday November 11, 2013 | By:Larry Wroblewski | News
NORTH COLLINS — During an executive session at the end of the North Collins School Board meeting on Oct. 22, Superintendent Benjamin Halsey gave notice that he had accepted an offer to become superintendent of the Oswego School District in Central New York.
His becomes the third superintendent vacancy in southern Erie County, during the past several months.
Board President Shannon Locking said that she would head up a search committee to find a replacement and expected the board to retain the services of a firm specializing in the field.
With a downsizing of administrative personnel during the past three years, the superintendent’s position in North Collins has added duties in the business and special education departments, which the president said could make a search more difficult.
Halsey has been superintendent at North Collins for nine years. He previously held posts as the junior-senior high principal, assistant principal, athletic director and teacher. He will remain active in North Collins through November and will then begin his new assignment on Dec. 2.
Speaking after the meeting, Halsey said that he thought the district’s current administrative setup will present an additional challenge in filling the vacancy, but said he believes it also provides the school board a chance to fully review the administrative positions.
“With only three administrative officers in the district, it would be challenging for someone who has no previous experience with the position,” Halsey said.
While junior-senior high Principal Annie Metcalf will be designated interim superintendent, during Halsey’s absence, the board would have to appoint her separately for a longer term, or seek someone else as an interim superintendent.
Halsey said that he will miss the people in North Collins the most. “In the time I’ve been here, I’ve always been impressed with the work that is accomplished here.”
One vacancy was filled, during the evening, as John Lewis was appointed coach for the girls varsity basketball team. The board also heard the result of a recent survey of students and parents, concerning possible opportunities to play sports not offered at North Collins, in other districts.
Athletic Director Kathryn Shelly said that she was surprised by a lower-than-expected survey return, but pointed out that the highest response rate was from sixth-grade students who might be impacted, next year.
The board suggested that Shelly make the findings known to neighboring districts, to see if there is a need for additional participants in any of the listed sports. The members requested that only immediately adjacent districts be contacted, since parents would be responsible for transportation, if spots are available.
In other matters:
– The recent “Eagle Energy Day” found 65 students’ performing community service work around town. A video produced by students took top spot in a Saint Bonaventure University competition.
– Teacher Jason Lyons has been selected to work in Albany as a test reviewer and question builder in shaping next year’s United States history Regents exam.
– Science instructor Lisa Brosnick was one of 29 Western New York teachers selected as a “master teacher” by the state education department. Brosnick will receive a $15,000 stipend in each of the next four years, as she mentors other teachers in developing their skills.
– Thomas Bittner, who has been tapped for foreign travel in the past, was selected by the Goethe Institute as the “Transatlantic Outreach Program fellow of the year for 2013.” He will be feted by the organization in St. Louis, this month.
– Elementary Principal John Cataldo said his faculty has been selected to receive teacher’s rewards by the Springville Wal-Mart.
– In observance of school board recognition week, students presented board members with a school mug filled with goodies and a copy of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proclamation, declaring the week.
The school board will next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.
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