Feedback: Lyme, GB School Boards Explore Sharing Superintendent
With their own superintendent retiring next month, Lyme Central School officials are exploring sharing General Brown's for a year while they look for a replacement.
According to a posting on the General Brown and Lyme websites, the two school boards are discussing sharing a superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year.
That would give the Lyme board time to find a permanent replacement for retiring Superintendent Karen Donahue and a chance to save money at the same time.
Sharing General Brown Superintendent Cammy Morrison would save each district $60,000, officials say.
"In the midwest, it's been done more over the past few years," said Stephen Todd, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES superintendent.
But, nobody in New York state does it right now.
Morrison would split her time evenly between the districts each day so students, staff and community members in each district would have a chance to interact with her on a regular basis.
"I won't be doing this alone. Quite frankly we'll be working together and I think it's going to come down to prioritizing," said Morrison.
Morrison would attend board meetings and functions in both districts throughout the year and perform all of the duties of superintendent within each district.
Officials say the arrangement would allow each district to maintain its current activities as well as its current identity.
Morrison, who currently earns $120,000 a year, would see her salary rise to $160,000 if the superintendent consolidation happens.
Donahue earned $130,000.
Officials say Morrison would do both jobs only until Lyme finds a permanent replacement no later than the 2015 - 2016 school year.
Officials say both school boards welcome community input on the idea.
The next General Brown school board meeting is at 5:15 p.m. on August 7 and the Lyme board meets next at 6 p.m on August 21.
Friday, October 31, 2014, Watertown, NY
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