The Galway Central School Board of Education has offered a former Scotia-Glenville school superintendent the job of interim superintendent.
Michael J. Marcelle was superintendent of Scotia-Glenville until 2005. He retired last year as superintendent of the South Colonie Central School District.
Galway Board of Education President John Sutton said the school board decided to hire a temporary superintendent to replace Clifford Moses, who is retiring in November.
“Our new time line is to hire an interim from Dec. 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010, with the intention of having the permanent superintendent in place July 1 of next year,” Sutton said. “We feel we have a good period of time to make the vacancy known to a pool of candidates and to give the school community the chance to make a decision.”
Moses announced his decision to retire in March. He said he would leave in the middle of the school year, after preparing one last school budget, anticipating his replacement would begin when he left.
Moses has been superintendent of Galway schools for five years and was the head of the Schoharie Central School District for seven years before that.
Sutton said the school board has met with officials of the Warren Saratoga Washington Hamilton Essex BOCES to discuss the process of hiring a new school administrator.
“BOCES has many services to offer for a superintendent search. Our board decided to hold on the final decision until we complete a thorough search,” he said.
Sutton said Moses suggested several candidates that might be interested in an interim superintendent position.
“We considered several candidates and interviewed four,” Sutton said. “We are in the process of finalizing an agreement with Michael Marcelle and we expect to have a contract within a few weeks.”
Sutton said the district will likely hold a public vote before the end of the year on a number of school building improvements.
“We do want to move forward with some small building projects and that we make sure we utilize EXCEL money while it is still available,” he said.
EXCEL is an acronym for Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning fund created by the state Legislature in 2006.
It can be tapped for building improvements that otherwise would have to be paid by local taxpayers.
Moses said earlier this month that voters may be asked to approve up to $4.8 million in school improvements. The list is far shorter than a nearly $37 million plan defeated by voters in the fall of 2006.
Moses said the facilities improvement plan now under consideration includes security improvements as well as roof repairs and updates for bathrooms, locker rooms, libraries and the elementary school cafeteria.