CLYMER - A joint meeting between the Panama and Clymer Central School boards of education in the matter of a future shared superintendent is set for Aug. 12.
On Wednesday, Clymer's board unanimously approved a resolution to move forward in discussions with Panama - a move that aims to realize savings for both districts without any loss of services.
Nancy Westerburg, board president, said copious amounts of research, as well as a positive response from the Clymer community, allowed the board to confidently make the decision to proceed.
Members of the Clymer Central School Board of Education meet to discuss moving forward in discussions with Panama Central School regarding the possibility of having a joint superintendent.
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"I think all five of us (board members) are looking at this with a very positive view, and looking at it as something that we really think is going to work quite well," she said. "But it also takes some work to get it done, so we'll have to have several discussions between now and then."
Prior to Clymer's board meeting, the Panama board had already approved future discussions with Clymer. The joint meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Clymer. The Clymer board will also hold its own meeting prior to the joint meeting, at 5 p.m.
The first joint meeting between the districts took place at Panama last month, when David O'Rourke, Erie 2 BOCES superintendent, presented the boards with pros and cons of a joint superintendent - based on his research. According to a comprehensive administrative compensation report for the 2013-14 school year, which was obtained from the state Education Department website, the salaries paid to the Clymer and Panama superintendents will be $112,200 and $116,812, respectively.
In other business, the board approved four personnel action items. They included: the appointment of Scott Neckers as the girls junior varsity volleball coach for the 2013-14 school year; the appointment of Ed Bailey, Clymer principal, as acting superintendent in the event that Karen Moon, interim superintendent, is unable to be reached during her vacation between Aug. 5-15; appointing Sarah Klinczar as a long-term substitute for the 2013-14 school year; and the hiring of Barbara Carlson as special education teacher for grades 7-12, effective on Sept. 1.
An amendment to the meeting agenda also approved Sonja DuBois to be dean of students curriculum director, as a teacher on special assignment, from Sept. 1 through June 30, 2014; with an additional stipend of $10,000.