CHAMPLAIN — A. Paul Scott has stepped in as interim superintendent for Northeastern Clinton Central School at short notice.
He replaces Jerry Blair, who has had to leave due to “unforeseen personal circumstances,” according to a press release from the district.
Blair had planned to hold the interim position through June 30, 2014; now Scott will do so.
”I’ve always been very grateful for the opportunities that I have had and being in public education in New York state,” Scott said. “That’s something that when there’s been a need for and I’ve been asked if I would please consider serving a role, I’ve been grateful for continuing my engagement on a short-term basis.”
”Because the school year just started, a replacement interim superintendent was needed promptly,” the release said.
”The Board of Education felt it was essential to select a replacement interim school district leader who could engage in collaborative fashion with the (School) Board, administrators and the staff to ensure a productive and successful school year.”
The School Board reviewed other candidates for the position before choosing Scott, who has 27 years of experience as a superintendent and school administrator.
That includes a wide range of educational, financial, personnel and policy matters faced by rural school districts, the release said.
For many years, Scott was superintendent at Peru Central School and recently served in an interim position at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central as a new school leader was sought for that district.
Scott’s first day at NCCS is Monday.
”This is a dynamic school year on several fronts,” Scott said. “All public schools are moving ahead ... in this entirely new and very extensive system of student assessment and staff evaluation.”
Scott said he anticipates he and the School Board will work in the coming weeks and months to clarify district policies and practices so they can be revised where appropriate to reflect any changes in state education requirements and laws.