By LOIS CLERMONT and ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — Peru Primary School Principal Scott Osborne will be the new leader at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District.
Osborne, 37, was offered the job of superintendent/principal at a special meeting of the ELCS School Board this week and is expected to start his new post around Dec. 1.
“I’m thrilled,” said Osborne, who served as principal of ELCS from 2007 to 2009.
“I’m very much looking forward to rejoining the team at Elizabethtown-Lewis.”
He will replace Gail Else, who retired June 30 after eight years in that position and almost 40 years in the education field.
The hiring is “contingent upon the parties reaching mutually acceptable terms of an agreement,” according to A. Paul Scott, the former Peru superintendent who is serving as interim superintendent at ELCS.
The salary range is $100,000 to $115,000, but Osborne’s exact pay still has to be worked out, Scott said.
“Scott Osborne is an exemplary administrator, who continues to earn that reputation among colleagues, parents and students,” Scott told the Press-Republican. “He is a very capable and dedicated school leader.
“His habits of leadership and service are highly visible and easy to characterize: energetic approach, challenging yet reasonable expectations for himself and those who report to him, fairness in his approach to constituents, considerate of the interests of all parties, a keen sense of humor and consistently treating others with respect.”
The School Board had narrowed its candidate pool down to two people, who were invited for second-round interviews Wednesday with the board and a stakeholder committee of students, teachers and other representatives.
One of the finalists contacted the search consultant this week and asked to be removed from further consideration for the ELCS job, Scott said.
The board interviewed Osborne and considered feedback received from its stakeholder committee.
Osborne’s post at Peru has him overseeing about 420 students and 80 instructional and support-services employees.
His experience includes serving as a K-12 principal, classroom teacher, Title IX officer, Medicaid compliance officer, records management officer, literacy coach, instructional program data coordinator and peer presenter on instructional strategies in the classroom, according to Scott.
Osborne said he is excited to once again work with the ELCS Board, faculty, staff and community.
“I’m very much aware that we have some of the most fantastic students around,” he said.
— Staff Writer Ashleigh Livingston contributed to this report.