By Nicole Elliott Staff writer
WESTMORELAND — Some re-appointments and a new hire were recently approved by the Westmoreland Central School Board of Education as a result of the elementary principal taking a position in Rome.
Mary Anne O’Connell, former director of Student Services, will now serve as the elementary school principal, taking the place of Christopher Hill. Her salary will be $95,805.36 and she will move from an 11-month to a 12-month position. Former middle school principal Brian Kavanagh will now serve as director of Student Services. His salary will be $98,403. And Joanne I. Shelmidine, former superintendent of Remsen Central School, will be principal of Westmoreland Middle School starting Sept. 3. Her salary will be $95,000.
Earlier this month, Hill, former Westmoreland Elementary principal, was appointed as principal at Stokes Elementary School following the retirement of Judi Mullin. His salary will be $95,079. Hill had three years experience as building principal and nine years of administrative experience overall.
District Superintendent Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Howard D. Mettelman said Remsen Central School is moving forward to appoint an interim superintendent for the up-coming school year. A final decision is expected to be made either this weekend or the beginning of next week. Mettelman said the interim superintendent would most likely be someone from outside the school district.
Shelmidine was appointed as superintendent of Remsen back in June 2010. Prior to her appointment she was principal of Sandy Creek Middle School in Oswego County. She was one of three finalists back in June for the superintendent job in the Lowville Academy and Central School District to succeed retiring superintendent Kenneth J. McAuliffe. The Lowville Academy and Central School District Board of Education has since re-opened their search for a new superintendent, with an application deadline of Oct. 19 and a tentative hire for a permanent replacement by early February .