New superintendent sought in Remsen

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REMSEN — A new superintendent is being sought for the Remsen Central School District to succeed Rebecca Dunckel-King, who will be the new superintendent of the Lowville Academy and Central School District in Lewis County.

The Remsen Board of Education has scheduled special meetings for May 13 at 4:30 p.m. and May 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Elementary School Media Center to plan for replacement of the superintendent, said Remsen district clerk Catherine Chandler.

Both meetings are expected to proceed to closed executive sessions after starting in regular sessions, Chandler said Thursday. The board is in the early stages of the process for seeking a new superintendent, she said, adding the board has been aware for awhile that Dunckel-King was among the finalists for the Lowville district position.

The Lowville Board of Education announced last week it has selected Dunckel-King as superintendent, effective in July. She will succeed Cheryl Steckly, who will be retiring effective July 31 following a 35-year education career that has included being Lowville superintendent since 2012.

Steckly said Thursday that Dunckel-King’s salary and specific starting date in the Lowville district in July are still to be determined.

She added there hopefully would be a transition period of about two weeks or so in which she and Dunckel-King both would be present.

Chandler said that to her knowledge, Dunckel-King would be superintendent of the Remsen district through the end of the current school year on June 30.

Dunckel-King has been Remsen superintendent for nearly two years, having been appointed effective July 1, 2017 by the Remsen school board at a salary of $115,000. She previously had been a principal in the Beaver River school district and a data coordinator for the South Lewis school district.

Dunckel-King is a graduate of Lowville Academy and Central School, said the Lowville Board of Education announcement.

The Lowville district’s enrollment for the prior 2017-18 school year included about 1,296 students in grades K-12, according to state Education Department data. The Remsen district’s K-12 enrollment for 2017-18 included about 394 students, according to the department.

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