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Massena Central School Board accepts Nightengale Elementary principal resignation

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MASSENA - The Massena Central School District will be starting a search for a new elementary principal.

During their monthly meeting on Monday, board of education members accepted the resignation of Shannon Jordan, principal at Nightengale Elementary School, effective Oct. 13. Ms. Jordan has accepted a position with the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Interim Superintendent William W. Crist said that, because of the timing, it may be difficult to find a permanent replacement for Ms. Jordan by the time she leaves.

“We will be searching for a new principal. We may possibly look for an interim if there is not another viable candidate out there. Because of the release, I don’t know if we have sufficient time,” he said.

Ms. Jordan, who previously served as a counselor in the district, was appointed as the elementary school principal in August 2009. She took over for Michele Meyers, who resigned as principal effective June 30, 2009 to take a Committee on Special Education position in the Canton Central School District.

Ms. Jordan also served as an interim principal at Madison Elementary School from January 2009 until her appointment to Nightengale Elementary School.

“She’s done a great job,” Mr. Crist said.

The board also accepted the resignation of French teacher Jonathan Lomaki, which was effective Aug. 27. Mr. Lomaki had been recalled as a foreign language teacher as part of the board’s August personnel actions.

The board had voted in July to reinstate Joseph Mittiga to a half-time high school social studies position and Van Alexander to a guidance counselor position, but had not named the returning foreign language teacher at the time.

The 2013 budget had cut three foreign language teachers out of nine, and former Acting Superintendent Stephen M. Putman said that when they decided to reinstate one of those positions, they had to offer it the person with the most seniority who was certified for the job.

Jessica Jarrett, a certified Spanish teacher, was called back as part of Monday’s personnel actions at a salary of $46,769.

While the board acted on most of the 80 personnel actions presented to them by Mr. Crist, they tabled seven extra duty assignments as grade level leaders after board member Kevin F. Perretta questioned whether the district had a memorandum of understanding in place with the individuals.

Mr. Crist had recommended Lisa Burlingame for kindergarten, Jacqueline Siddon for grade one, Dee Cook for grade two, Kimberlie Scott for grade three, Diane Toth for grade four, Melisa Denney for grade five and William Lint for grade six.

“We can table it and we can bring it back at the next meeting,” the superintendent said.

Mr. Perretta also questioned and opposed $400 stipends for Robert Jordan, Erin Covell, Dan Haley, Jodi LaGarry, Eliza Pierce and Roy Thomas for their work with the high school’s Link Crew program, which matches up juniors and seniors with incoming freshmen to make the transition to high school easier for them.

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