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May 25, 2011

 

Homer mum as Delair ‘taking some time’

Superintendent hires business consultant; employment status of business director unclear

By MATTHEW NOJIRI
Staff Reporter
mnojiri@cortlandstandardnews.net

HOMER — The Board of Education voted to hire a business consultant Tuesday but school officials would not offer much explanation as to why it needed one.
Superintendent of Schools Nancy Ruscio said the district hired consultant John Zappia to ensure the business affairs of the district run efficiently.
When asked why the school district needed a business consultant when it has a full-time director of business and finance, Ruscio declined to comment. She also declined to comment on the employment status of Mike Delair, the district’s director of business and finance.
Board of Education President Scott Ochs said he did not have any comment on the issue beyond what Ruscio had to say. Other members of the board of education could not be reached this morning.
Delair said he was “taking some time” when reached at his home Tuesday night but directed all comments on his employment status to Ruscio, saying she is the “spokesman for the district.”
When asked last Thursday about rumors about Delair’s employment status, Ruscio said she had no comment.
Delair would not say what he meant by “taking some time.” He was not at the board meeting Tuesday.
Zappia will be hired for up to three days a week for $350 a day, Ruscio said. He starts work today.
Ruscio would not say whether Delair is still being paid by the district.
The board voted to hire Zappia at the end of its meeting after nearly an hour and a half in executive session to discuss personnel.
The board voted to allow Zappia to serve as the district’s purchasing agent for the Board of Education and request bids on supplies and equipment. The superintendent will be able to act as purchasing agent in the absence of the director of business and finance.
The board voted to appoint Zappia as the district’s deputy district clerk, the superintendent’s designee-for the BOCES health-consortium, attendance officer and to certify payroll and to provide signatures for district checks.
Zappia served as the interim director of finance for the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester from September 2009 to June 2010. He has also worked as an interim business official at Wyoming Central School District, Mount Morris Central School District and Gananda Central School District.
He lives in Ontario County.
Zappia worked with Ruscio at the Canandaigua City School District as assistant superintendent for business affairs from September 2002 to June 2007.

 

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