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New head of district named

December 21, 2012
JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Fonda-Fultonville Central School District officials have reached an agreement for a new interim superintendent.

The district will hire Raymond Colucciello, who recently served as the interim superintendent for the Albany City School District. Fonda-Fultonville will pay Colucciello $500 for each day he works. He starts Dec. 28, and his contract will run through June.

Pat Michel, Fonda-Fultonville's acting interim superintendent and superintendent of the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services, said the school board met with Colucciello Thursday night and finalized the contract this morning.

Colucciello will come to the district at a time it's facing severe financial problems.

The district is facing an estimated $90,000 to $100,000 gap in its current budget after cutting $410,000 from it earlier this week. The district decided to eliminate spring sports. The district previously found a $500,000 budget shortfall as a result of state aid cuts, lower enrollment and unexpected costs.

Michel said Colucciello has a history of working with school districts with financial crises. He helped the Schenectady City School District get out of a $10 million deficit, Michel said.

"I don't think it will take him too long to catch up," Michel said. "He's already been to the school to interview a business official. He's going to hit the ground running. He did a great job communicating with the school board last night. They were very impressed by him."

Colucciello, who was unavailable for comment this morning, has previously served as superintendent for the Albany, Ballston Spa, Schenectady, Troy and Voorheesville school districts.

Michel said he has enjoyed working with the Fonda-Fultonville school board temporarily, but he said hiring Colucciello is the right move.

The district delayed its search for a permanent superintendent until after it resolves the current budget problems.

"They were a pleasure to work with. We just had to deal with some very unpleasant things," Michel said.

He said Colucciello has strong experience.

"He's got the knowledge. He's definitely got the tenacity to help the district through this," Michel said.



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