FONDA - The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday to appoint BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel as the interim school superintendent at no charge, BOCES has announced.
Michel will replace Superintendent James Hoffman, who is leaving to become the superintendent at the Averill Park Central School District.
Michel, superintendent of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services, will serve at no cost to the Fonda-Fultonville district while it searches for a new full-time superintendent, according to a BOCES news release.
Hoffman said today Michel will serve until Dec. 31, when the district is expected to name a permanent superintendent.
The school district previously said it planned to temporarily fill the vacant superintendent position with someone already working for the school district to save money. Hoffman said by having Michel serve in the interim, the district will save even more money.
He said the district will save about $70,000 by using Michel.
He said the school board "is in full agreement" on the plan and will name Michel on Tuesday.
"I thought it was honorable for [Michel] to do this," Hoffman said.
"He's going to be stretched pretty thin, but he thought it was in the best interest of the district," Hoffman said.
Voters in the Fonda-Fultonville district will go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a revised 2012-13 school budget, which would increase the tax levy by 3.5 percent.
Voters previously rejected a budget proposal that would have increased the tax levy by 8 percent.
The revised tax increase falls below a state-imposed tax cap.