No principal yet for Lynch

By REBECCA WEBSTER

Recorder News Staff

The Greater Amsterdam School District is going back to the drawing board to continue the search for a new principal for the Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy.

In a mixed vote at the GASD Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening, a resolution calling for the appointment of a Joseph Witazek did not pass.

This is the second time that such a resolution brought mixed votes from the board that ended without the school having a principal.

Tuesday, three board members voted no, three voted yes, and one abstained.

The resolution called for a three-year probationary appointment beginning at the end of December and ending on or about the end of December 2015.

GASD Board of Education president Nellie Bush told the board that with the vote this will start the process over and it is possible that the school would have an interim for the rest of the year.

"It seems with this resolution not passing that we're going to start from scratch," Bush told the board.

GASD Superintendent Thomas Perillo echoed a similar response.

"It's going to be a long process," he said, adding that they would begin the process on Wednesday.

The Lynch position became vacant in mid-August when Lynch's principal of four years, John Penman, was named principal of the Marie Curie Institute of Engineering and Communications in the district.

Currently sitting as the interim principal at Lynch is Michael Kondratowicz, who, according to GASD's website, has nearly 40 years of experience as an educator under his belt, including most recently as principal of Schalmont Middle School.

After the Tuesday board meeting, Perillo said the district will now need to re-post the position and start the entire process over again.

But Perillo said he is confident that the school is in good hands until that position is filled.

"It's always better to have a permanent leader there, but we have a very qualified interim there," Perillo said. "Thank goodness he (Kondratowicz) has a lot of flexibility and has a lot of time."