September 26, 2012
City BOE hires interim principal
Retired Dryden administrator will serve as 9-10 principal while district fills position
The city Board of Education hired a recently retired administrator Tuesday to serve as interim principal for grades nine and 10 at Cortland Junior-Senior High School.
Lawrence Hinkle, who retired in June as Dryden Middle School principal, will take over the post for $325 per day.
The school has an executive principal and three other principals for pairs of grades, returning to an arrangement of positions that it had until 2010, when grades 9-10 principal Mac Knight left for a job in Ithaca. For 2010-11 and 2011-12, Doug Pasquerella served as dean of students and the other principals worked with three grades each.
Hinkle is a 1972 graduate of Cortland High School.
The district is conducting a search for a permanent principal for grades nine and 10.
The vote was 6-1, with Donald Colongeli voting no. Colongeli has opposed having four principals at Cortland Junior-Senior High School and has opposed what he considers unnecessary expense.
In other business, Superintendent of Schools Michael Hoose said three trucks had been sold in an online auction for a total of $9,050. The Cortland city school district has used the site, Auctions International, to sell surplus material in the past few years.
Jim Mulherin of Bovis Lend Lease, senior project manager for the district’s $41.6 million capital project, said 90 percent of the major construction is done on the project that has renovated all six school buildings.
Mulherin said computer hardware for the security system for all schools is in place. Paving has been finished at Cortland Junior-Senior High School and Barry Elementary School. New siding has been put on the Kaufman Center and the bus garage.
Mulherin said Brian Domke — the Cortland High School graduate who was project manager for Tetra Tech, the project’s engineering and design firm — has left for a new job. Scott Duell of Tetra Tech will take over for him.
The board told President Alane Van Donsel that it wants to support several resolutions at the October convention of the New York State School Boards Association.
Board members said they support a resolution asking the state Legislature to allow boards to raise contingency budgets under the state-mandated cap on property taxes if there is growth in the district’s tax base during that school year.
A district adopts a contingency budget, with a low tax increase and less spending, when taxpayers vote down a budget proposed by a board of education. A new taxable entity that starts within a district, such as a new business, could raise the district’s tax revenue.
The board supported a resolution giving school districts incentives to pursue the formation of a regional school district. Currently, the state offers incentives such as more state aid for districts to study merger and consolidation, but not regional high schools.
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