By ARTHUR CLEVELAND
MAYFIELD - The Mayfield Board of Education on Tuesday appointed an interim superintendent and a new principal.
Joseph Natale of Schenectady was appointed the interim superintendent, effective July 29. He replaces Superintendent Paul Williamsen, who is retiring this month.
Chris Wojeski, assistant principal for the Jr./Sr. High School, will take over Robert Husain's role as high school principal Sept. 1. Husain resigned earlier this month to take a job as director of pupil services with Shaker High School in Latham.
Ernie Clapper, president of the Board of Education, said Natale "brings a lot of experience to our situation."
Natale, who was unavailable for comment, will serve through April.
Natale had been a superintendent at Warwick Valley Central School.
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel said Natale worked for Warwick Valley from 1988 to 2006. After his work at Warwick, Natale worked for the New York State School Boards Association.
Mayfield is considering merging with the Northville Central School District.
Northville and Mayfield voters have approved looking into a merger. A merger vote is scheduled for Jan. 7.
Michel said Natale has degrees in business and finance, and experience with conducting merger studies.
"He is an expert in the area [of mergers]," Michel said.
"I think he is the best person they could find," he said.
Natale will be paid on a per-diem basis. Clapper said the board still is working on the contract.
Williamsen said he will miss the students and faculty he has worked with.
"It's been a wonderful experience," he said.
Wojeski, who will be paid $90,000 per year in his new position, has worked at Mayfield for the past nine years, six of them as the assistant principal.
Clapper said Husain and Wojeski have worked together closely.
Wojeski said he is excited to serve as the principal.
"We have a great deal of pride here at the high school," Wojeski said.
Wojeski said between programs, students and the community, the district has a lot to be proud of.
Husain said of his decision to take the job with Shaker, "It is definitely bittersweet. I love the kids here, love and totally respect the faculty and the community. It's been my home."
The board Tuesday also re-elected its president and vice president and swore in a new board member.
Joan Scannell, who was voted in this year for a board seat, took the oath of office.
Clapper and board member Bob Suits were elected for the president and vice president positions, respectively.
Clapper and Suits both served in these positions previously.
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