MASSENA - One month after he had been appointed to act as both district athletic director and dean of students at J. William Leary Junior High School, Timothy J. Hayes is back to his original position again.
Massena Central School Board of Education members approved rescinding the July appointment during their meeting Thursday night. Patrick Bronchetti voted against the motion, and William G. Sommerfield was excused from the meeting.
We put the dean of students position back, board President John R. Boyce said.
During their July meeting, board members had restored a foreign language teacher, half-time social studies teacher and guidance counselor position. They had also agreed to have Mr. Hayes serve as both the dean of students and athletic director, a move that would have required him to work out of both the junior high and high school buildings.
But now he can stay at the high school while the dean of students position is filled by another person in the district.
Mr. Boyce said that, after some discussion, they realized the move would not work. Mr. Hayes learned of the decision while attending Thursday nights meeting.
Were of the opinion of lets see how this shakes out for now, Mr. Boyce said. We can push it off to later.
The move was not part of the original list of personnel action items prepared for the meeting. The board had met in executive session for nearly an hour Thursday night prior to beginning their regular reports.
Among the other personnel actions approved were the recalls of certified guidance counselor Christine Winton and certified French teacher Jonathan Lomaki.
Also recalled Thursday night were Andrea Clark and Susan Gardner as food service workers for two hours a day and Judy Jackson as a cook for 3.75 hours a day.
The board had voted in July to reinstate Joseph Mittiga to a half-time high school social studies position and Van Alexander to a guidance counselor position, but had not named the returning foreign language teacher at the time.
The 2013 budget had cut three foreign language teachers out of nine, and former Acting Superintendent Stephen M. Putman said that when they decided to reinstate one of those positions, they had to offer it the person with the most seniority who was certified for the job.
The half-time social studies teacher position was restored because of concerns about class sizes with the different areas of social studies that were offered at the high school.
The guidance counselor position was restored because of concerns about the ratio between the number of high school students and the number of counselors.
July was the second consecutive month that positions had been reinstated in the district.
During their June meeting, school board members had also reinstated several positions after reviewing their projected end-of-year expenses. Former Finance Committee Chairman Michael J. LeBire, who finished his term in June, had recommended that seven positions that had previously been abolished during the boards April 22 meeting be reinstated.
They included one alternative education liaison position, three reading teaching assistant positions, one psychologist position that was scheduled to become a BOCES position, a one-half business teacher position, a one-half mathematics teacher position and one English teacher position.
Effective July 10, alternative education liaison Kristopher Covell, reading teaching assistants Darcy LaBarge, Amanda Pierce and Karen LeCuyer, psychologist Clare Mackenzie-Mauch, mathematics teacher Eliza Pierce, business teacher Jan Normile and English teacher Trista Girard returned to the district with their salary and benefits reinstated without any penalty, Mr. LeBire said.
Facing a $5.6 million gap in their 2013-14 spending plan, district officials had eliminated 29.25 full-time equivalent positions, which meant the end for the Delta School of Choice. The budget also eliminated or reduced to part-time the jobs of 42 people at all levels, from administration to instruction to support.