By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — BEEKMANTOWN — With Beekmantown Central School Superintendent Scott Amo retiring this week, the district has hired an interim leader to fill in until Amo’s permanent replacement arrives.
Former Saranac Central School Superintendent Mike Derrigo will temporarily head BCSD while Amo’s successor, Daniel Mannix, finishes up his current duties as deputy human-resource director and labor-relations specialist for Champlain Valley Educational Services.
“The term for Mr. Derrigo is somewhat indefinite,” Beekmantown School Board President Debbie Passno told the Press-Republican. “We don’t anticipate it will be very long.”
Derrigo also served as interim superintendent to BCSD in 2007, as well as to the Plattsburgh City School District in 2006.
He is being compensated $550 a day for his services, Passno said, and is permitted to use a school vehicle for school business.
“I’m very humbled and honored to be here again, and I look forward to providing the leadership necessary until Dan arrives,” Derrigo told the Press-Republican.
Mannix, who was announced as Amo’s successor earlier this month, plans to give his resignation from CVES at the School’s Board meeting next week, according to Passno.
Beekmantown Central, she added, also hopes to have a contract completed and definite start-date set for Mannix within the next week.
“Obviously, we’re in a transition stage,” Amo told the audience during his last board meeting as superintendent on Tuesday night.
He added that he had been working with both Derrigo and Mannix to prepare the district for next school year.
Amo, who led BCSD for six years, announced in April his plans to retire, effective Aug. 14.
Also at the meeting, School Board member Pauline Stone provided an update on the upcoming shared-services study being conducted with Plattsburgh City School.
The project, led by Syracuse-based education-consulting firm Castallo and Silky, will explore potential areas of collaboration between the two districts.
A public meeting regarding the study will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at which both school boards, along with representatives from the firm, will gather to discuss the project.
Though the City School has agreed to host the event, a location has not yet been finalized.
Stone said the public will be provided with information at the meeting about the intent of the study, and that will hopefully dispel any public misconceptions that the districts are considering merging with one another or sharing a superintendent.
“I know a lot of the public is worried about that type of thing, so this will alleviate that,” she said.
The study, Stone noted, may, for example, look at the possibility of a shared athletic director or buildings and grounds personnel but not at merging or sharing a superintendent.
“They might have an electrician that we could use, (or) we might have a plumber that they could use,” she said.
The Plattsburgh City School District is also moving forward with its own building-use study to look at how its facilities might be best used for cost effectiveness and future enrollment projections.
Public meetings regarding this project, which is also being conducted by Castallo and Silky, are planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Duken Administration Building and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Bailey Avenue Elementary School.
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