SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake is losing its business manager and assistant superintendent.
But the loss here is Tupper Lake’s gain.
Dan Bower has been business manager and administrator with the Saranac Lake Central School District for nearly five years.
Before that, he was business manager in Tupper Lake for seven years, then superintendent for three.
“The plan is I will take over in Tupper Lake starting Sept. 1,” Bower told the Press-Republican.
Tupper Lake’s current business manager, Garry Lanthier, is retiring on that date.
Bower said he is looking forward to working with Superintendent Seth McGowan again.
It wasn’t an easy decision, Bower admitted. He had not been looking to leave Saranac Lake, when the job in Tupper Lake opened.
Salaries are nearly identical, moving from $81,000 allocated in Saranac Lake for 2014-15 to $81,500 in Tupper.
But Bower lives in Tupper Lake.
A unique set of combined credentials have made Bower a valuable asset in both school budgeting and administrative planning.
With an undergraduate degree in business administration and finance, he also has a Master’s Degree in educational administration with a Certificate of Advanced Study in school business administration.
The skill set allowed him to be an assistant superintendent in Saranac Lake.
That also makes the job a unique one to fill, Saranac Lake Superintendent Diane Fox explained.
But school officials are putting the job description and advertisement together now.
Fox said the position was discussed with the School Board.
“At this point, we are looking for a person with Civil Service classification for school business manager and/or an assistant superintendent for business,” she said.
“Very few people have both qualifications. Most people have one or the other. Our focus will be on the ideal candidate, not the credentials.”
‘WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE’
Fox is completing her first year as school superintendent for Saranac Lake and said Bower has been an incredible asset.