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School looking for interim chief

November 26, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Fonda-Fultonville Central School District's search for a new interim superintendent continues while the budget committee plans to meet tonight to try to balance the current budget.

Interim Superintendent Patrick Michel, who also serves as the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services superintendent, said the disrict is accepting applications for interim superintendent until Dec. 14. Michel was unsure how many applications the district received.

The school district was searching for a permanent superintendent, but the board decided to postpone that search and instead look for another interim superintendent because of the budget crisis the school is in.

Without spending cuts, the district would face a $1.4 million budget gap for 2013-14, requiring the tax levy to go up about 20 percent.

The committee will help determine the cuts that can be made to help build up the fund balance and avert cash-flow problems at the end of the year.

In a meeting earlier this month, Michel said he did not want to place the current crisis in the hands of a full-time superintendent and have him take the blame for the situation.

The new full-time interim superintendent would start Jan. 2, and one of the goals is to find someone who has experience handling budget issues and knows how to help solve them.

"What I'm hoping is that we find someone who can help us right-size the budget," Michel said.

As BOCES superintendent, Michel said he would be unable to devote all of his time to Fonda-Fultonville. Michel signed on as the district's part-time interim superintendent after the resignation of former Superintendent James Hoffman.

In October, Michel said the board would narrow the field to three candidates, interview them again and have them spend a day in the school before a final decision was made.

In August, Michel reported more than 40 people applied for the job before the search for a full-time superintendent was temporarily suspended.



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