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OFA will not shrink administration as part of restructuring

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The size of the Ogdensburg City School District administration will not be shrinking with the departure of Assistant Superintendent and Committee on Special Education Chair David J. Valois at the end of the school year.

Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey said with new teacher evaluations and other state mandates to worry about, the school can’t afford to shrink the administration.

Even so, Mr. Vernsey said, a plan which has been seven months in the works will save the district money.

“We will save $137,000,” Mr. Vernsey said, adding that the school is “still working on the organizational structure for who will be where.”

The savings are coming from the retirement of Mr. Valois, cutting the coordinator of technology position, and the elimination of a teaching position currently held by an educator who is retiring.

The savings “Probably helped save at least one job,” Frederick P. Bean, president of the Board of Education, said.

Mr. Vernsey said more details will be available on May 13 at the monthly Board of Education meeting.

The changes will include Debora M. Hannan, principal at Madill Elementary School, taking over as CSE Chair, Mr. Vernsey said, and Kevin K. Kendall, seventh and eighth grade principal at Ogdensburg Free Academy, assuming the director of curriculum instruction.

That will mean Mr. Kendall and Mrs. Hannan will become 12-month administrators as opposed to 11-month administrators, Mr. Bean said.

“They’re all doing this to help the district out,” Mr. Bean said of the administrators who are reorganizing. “None of them have to do this [contractually].”

Mr. Vernsey said he expects “the organizational changes will better serve the students and the community.”

Mr. Bean also stressed that the plan remains fluid.

“No plan has been brought in front of the board for the board to vote on,” he said. “Until that happens, nothing is set in stone, and things can change on a dime.”

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