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John Yagielski to be named Niskayuna's interim superintendent

John Yagielski to be named Niskayuna's interim superintendent

Former Shenendehowa superintendent John Yagielski, who also lead Schenectady schools as an interim s
John Yagielski to be named Niskayuna's interim superintendent
John Yagielski

Former Shenendehowa superintendent John Yagielski, who also lead Schenectady schools as an interim superintendent, is expected to be named Niskayuna's interim superintendent tonight, district officials said.

Yagielski would take over immediately, officials said.

"Every one of our board members is pleased to welcome John to Niskayuna as our interim leader," Board of Education President Deborah Oriola said in a statement announcing the expected vote. "His considerable experience, his ability to quickly become part of a school community and lead it forward, and his deep knowledge of the issues that are shaping education today all make him an ideal fit for our district at this time."

Niskayuna has been looking for a new superintendent since the board approved a separation agreement with former superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio earlier this month. Salvaggio's last official day was April 15.

Yagielski served as superintendent at Shenendehowa from 1992 to 1997, when he left to run a consulting business.

In 2010, he returned to the superintendent's office, taking the role as interim superintendent in Schenectady. He served in Schenectady for two years.

During his previous time as superintendent, Yagielski developed a reputation for tackling hard issues head-on, according to Daily Gazette archives.

Yagielski is expected to meet with the media later this evening. In his own statement issued this afternoon, Yagielski said he has "tremendous respect and admiration" for the district.

"In my time here, I plan to keep our primary focus on students, on teaching and on learning," Yagielski said. " At the same time, we need to respect and address the concerns of all members of the school community, including our taxpayers."

The district's announcement indicated Yagielski and the board will focus on "rebuilding community confidence in district leadership," addressing district finances and attracting "highly qualified" candidates for the full-time superintendent's job.

Yagielski's salary si to be $175,000, with no additional costs for health benefits or pension contributions, officials said.

The district's superintendent's search began in earnest April 4 after the board approved the separation agreement with Salvaggio in a 4-3 vote.

Included in the agreement was a $139,000 payout to Salvaggio , as well as health coverage. Salvaggio 's contract wasn't to end until June 2015.

Board members haven't explained why Salvaggio was essentially ousted. The agreement also included a provision that the district would make no disparaging remarks about her.

Yagielski's appointment as interim superintendent is to come a week after the board appointed Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Charles Dedrick as acting superintendent. He was to serve until an interim leader was named.

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