LLAKE GEORGE - The Lake George Central School Board has decided to suspend its ongoing search for a new superintendent of schools and hire interim superintendent Patrick Dee for the post.
Dee assumed the position in late July following the Board's separation agreement with former superintendent, Mary Cahill. Dee took over as interim superintendent while maintaining his position as the district's director of curriculum and instruction. School Board President Naomi O'Reilly, in a prepared statement, explained reason for choosing Dee.
"Although there were a number of qualified applicants," she said, "the board had a unique opportunity to review and evaluate Mr. Dee in the position for several months. We consulted with a variety of stakeholders throughout this process, and to a person, we all feel we have the right candidate in the position already."
O'Reilly said Dee is an excellent communicator who has been able to reduce costs\\. He has a strong focus on curriculum and has demonstrated his ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders, she added.
"As interim superintendent, he handled some complex employment and legal matters in a professional matter," said O'Reilly. "We have great confidence in his abilities to lead the district as we move forward."
The School board has decided to officially appoint Dee at its December 14 meeting. Pending mutual agreement on an employment contract, Dee will officially begin as superintendent on December 15.