GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education on Monday formally accepted the resignation of Middle School Principal James Christopher and named an interim principal.
Helen?Stuetzel - the interim principal at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam - was appointed as interim principal, a move effective Oct. 26.
Superintendent Michael Vanyo said Stuetzel will not be able to come to the district until then due to her position in Amsterdam. Until then, Assistant Principal Nicole Lent will take care of the responsibilities left in Christopher's absence.
On Friday, Christopher left the district to assume a principal position with the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
Vanyo said his goal is to find the new long-term middle school principal by December. The district is looking to find the best candidate for the position and will take its time to carefully examine each candidate, he said.
Vanyo said Stuetzel is strictly at the middle school on an interim basis and won't be considered as a final candidate for the position.
Vanyo said the open principal position was posted on Olasjobs.com, where 80 applicants applied before the application period closed Monday.
He said if no candidate is found after they examine the 80 potential candidates, the district will reopen the application to find the right person.
Vanyo said Stuetzel will bring experience to the district and be a great mentor for the assistant principal. He said Stuetzel will help implement more reading and writing into the middle school because she has experience teaching a graduate-level reading program.
"I think she will support and assess the students in any way she can," Vanyo said.
Stuetzel declined to comment Monday about her new interim position. She will work for the district at the rate of $350 per day.
Vanyo said the district will hold an open forum on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school library to allow parents to express the qualities and characteristics they desire in the next principal. Prior to that open forum, the superintendent will meet with staff to see what they are looking for in the next principal.
Vanyo said that the district is seeking volunteers to serve on a search committee that will be composed of parents, teachers, administrators, staff members and members of the community to screen applicants. The committee will then refer the final candidates to the superintendent for his consideration.
Members of the committee need to be able to attend two evening meetings on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 to screen candidates and conduct preliminary interviews, a news release said.
Anyone interested in serving on the search committee can call the superintendent's office at 775-5791.