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NCS picks interim superintendent

Friday, October 12, 2012 - Updated: 7:49 PM


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NORTHVILLE -- Tuesday night's school board meeting here brought forth an early surprise. Debra Lynker of Roscoe was introduced as the district's interim superintendent.

Lynker is a retired superintendent from the Livingston Manor Central School District in Sullivan County.

She will serve while the school board continues its search for a permanent replacement for retired Superintendent Kathy Dougherty. The search is expected to take five to six months.

"I have had a great day, and this is a great place," Lynker said Tuesday. "Everyone, including the students, especially those on the high school level, were so nice. I am very impressed."

According to board president Jim Beirlein, the search for an interim superintendent began immediately upon Dougherty's resignation.

"In many cases, the retirement of a superintendent is anticipated months in advance, allowing a board time to search," said Beirlein. "We did not have that opportunity."

Beirlein pointed out that normally the district superintendent will take over as the interim, but in the case with H-F-M BOCES District Superintendent Patrick Michel, he is already serving as the interim for the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District.

Made available to the NCS school board was a list of candidates, mainly retired superintendents from which to choose. The board narrowed the scope to three candidates last week, and selected Lynker, who began her day Tuesday in Northville.

Also approved by the board was Brian Bishop as the district's secondary principal.

In light of the many changes the school district has undergone as of late, and the fact that the school is considered a focus school, board member Michael Feldman asked the principals and superintendent to be more specific in their monthly reports.

"I would like to see specifically key points explained particular to the direction we are moving, with programs, faculty and financing," said Feldman.

He asked them to disclose the plans they have to move forward. All agreed to the specifics. Lynker had already planed to have a board retreat where she can share her plans and learn what the board would like to see from her.

The next scheduled board of education meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. in the school's downstairs conference room.


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