The Lake Placid and Saranac Lake school boards meet.
Photo by Andy Flynn.
continued “And obviously for a part of the time, the superintendent is away,” Lennon said. “So it definitely has come into play in our discussions that you’re also hiring a principal and assistant principal in the process.”
As they explored the possibility of sharing a superintendent, Lennon said, board members kept asking themselves, “Is this the right time?”
“I think we are in agreement that this isn’t the right time to share superintendents,” said LPCS Board President Mary Dietrich. “It’s not that we’re never going to consider it. We’re never going to say never ... but one thing we are going to put in place is an organized system where that interaction is going to take place. And that’s going to be a key part of when we launch our searches for our new superintendents. That’s going to be a key part of that process, getting somebody that’s willing and able to do that collaboration.”
But sharing other service makes sense, board members agreed.
“I really think that, especially in the current situation, every school district is going to have to consider changing how they’re doing things, and it needs to be looked at from different perspectives,” said LPCS Board member Patti Gallagher. “I think the opportunity to share some services makes a lot of sense.”
LPCS Board member Martha Stahl said that hiring a shared superintendent is a “Herculean task” and one that should be eased into.
“In some sense I think the more we can share before we explore sharing superintendents, the easier a task that comes because there already will be buy-in from top to bottom,” Stahl said.
Both school districts already share some services, such as BOCES classes at the Adirondack Educational Center in Saranac Lake. Yet, as the BOCES program illustrates, the two districts — both on separate school calendars — are currently out of synch.