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Oswego School Board Names Principal, Interim Principal

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego School Board adjusted the salaries for three administrators, hired a new principal and said goodbye to the district clerk at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The salary adjustments are as follows:

Peter Myles, director of personnel and human resources, $107,000; Nancy Squairs, business administrator, $104,000; and Dr. Dean Goewey, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, $120,000.

The board also approved the resignation of Brian Hartwell and Dr. Goewey. Hartwell left his position as principal at OHS to become a superintendent elsewhere in the county.

Julie Kimmel-Gorman was appointed to fill Dr. Goewey’s former post as principal of Minetto Elementary School. Her salary was set at $83,000.

It took a little bit of prodding to get the board members to accept the resignation of one long-time employee.

The board unanimously approved the resignation of Bill Foley, the district clerk, records management officer and freedom of information officer, effective Aug. 29. The vote was followed by a lengthy ovation by board members, administrators and members of the audience.

However, when the clerk read the resolution and asked for a motion, he was met with several seconds of good-natured silence.

Only after he promoted the board, “Motion, please,” was the resolution moved, seconded and unanimously approved.

The day before school opens next week, Superintendent Ben Halsey will welcome back everyone.

There will be several new faces in classrooms throughout the Oswego City School District when the new year commences. New staff members at Fitzhugh Park and Charles E. Riley Elementary Schools include (front row left to right), Katie O’Leary (FPS), Ashton LaTulip (FPS), Stephanie Dawson (CER), Nestor Aviles (CER), Teanna Smith (CER) and Abby Delia (CER). In back are Kris Jorgensen (FPS and CER), Nicholas Little (FPS), David Sugar (FPS), Teresa Miller (FPS) and Elizabeth Heckert. (FPS).
There will be several new faces in classrooms throughout the Oswego City School District when the new year commences. New staff members at Fitzhugh Park and Charles E. Riley Elementary Schools include (front row left to right), Katie O’Leary (FPS), Ashton LaTulip (FPS), Stephanie Dawson (CER), Nestor Aviles (CER), Teanna Smith (CER) and Abby Delia (CER). In back are Kris Jorgensen (FPS and CER), Nicholas Little (FPS), David Sugar (FPS), Teresa Miller (FPS) and Elizabeth Heckert. (FPS).

“We will spend some time setting our course as a school district. And I invite the board of education to join us,” he said. “I’m really excited about this opportunity to work with the administrative team and our teachers, both those with experience and those who are new to us, and all the departments that support our educational mission.”

Students will return to classes on Sept. 3.

“Even though we have reduced the number of positions, through the budget process, we typically, as most schools do, did some hiring over the summer; that’s part of the process to fill vacancies and retirements and those types of things,” he explained.

He asked the board to set up a “reception” for Sept. 16 for the new hires.

“That way, you can put a face with a name,” he told the board members.

Secondary and elementary new teaching staff members for the Oswego City School District include (front row left to right) Emily Moreau (Frederick Leighton), Kathryn Tumia (Frederick Leighton) and Taylor Castaldo (Kingsford Park). In back are  Nikki Cary (OMS), Amanda Sprague (OHS), Michelle Peterson (Kingsford Park) and Mary Spilman (Minetto).
Secondary and elementary new teaching staff members for the Oswego City School District include (front row left to right) Emily Moreau (Frederick Leighton), Kathryn Tumia (Frederick Leighton) and Taylor Castaldo (Kingsford Park). In back are Nikki Cary (OMS), Amanda Sprague (OHS), Michelle Peterson (Kingsford Park) and Mary Spilman (Minetto).

Sue Piasecki was approved as the interim high school principal.

“We’ve talked about a couple different avenues. We searched for an outside person to come in as an interim, but in the 11th hour, after having discussions with a number of people, Sue is certainly more than willing and capable. I feel confident that we can run that building smoothly,” Halsey said. “We have people in the district with great leadership skills.”

“I’m confident that our (search) process is going to go quickly and thoroughly so we’re not looking at having an interim having to hold down the fort for an extended period of time. I believe we are in the mid 30s to 40s as far as applications. We will work swiftly to screen those applicants, establish a hiring committee,” he continued.

The biggest time constraint would be if someone from the outside is hired and they have to give notice to their current employer, he added.

“I am hopeful that we will have somebody here ready to work for us very soon,” he said.