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BMC, SRF officially end shared superintendent agreement


ST. REGIS FALLS - The superintendent of schools position shared by the Brushton-Moira and St. Regis Falls central school districts will officially end as of June 30.

BMC board members approved a resolution ending the experiment in shared administration at their regular meeting May 6, while SRF board members signed the resolution at their regular meeting Tuesday.

The decision was not popular with all the members of the affected school boards.

“I don’t like it,” BMC board member Dennis Egan said at the meeting. Egan had said at the joint board meeting between the schools that he was “disappointed that it didn’t work out.”

However, he joined his BMC board colleagues in voting in favor of the resolution.

The SRF board, which will now have to search for a superintendent, was less supportive of the plan, but still voted in favor of the change.

Only four SRF board members voted in favor of the termination, while another voted against it and still another abstained, according to Shared Superintendent Donna André.

Once the shared position ends, André will become a full-time employee with the BMC school district, while SRF board members will begin a search for a superintendent of their own.

“I serve at the will of the board,” Ms.André said in an email Wednesday. “(SRF) is a great community and I will miss the students and the entire school community very much.

“I appreciate that the BMC Board of Education wishes to continue with my services and I look forward to working in a great school community where I live,” Ms. André said in her email. “While I will continue to work hard, this will allow me a better schedule and I will have more time to build on the accomplishments at BMC and move forward as a district.”

SRF board President Mickey Smith previously said that the decision wasn’t a reflection on André’s performance.

“We think we might be better served with one full-time position,” he said in April.

Ms. André was chosen to be the shared superintendent in December 2012, following the resignation of former Shared Superintendent Beverly Ouderkirk.

Ms. André didn’t officially start until Feb. 25, 2013, after working hands-on with Ms. Ouderkirk.

Ms. Ouderkirk started the shared position on July 1, 2011, making the schools the first in the state to have a shared superintendent position.

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