More now from the Lake Placid Central School District.. School Superintendent Roger Catania says they’ve been speaking with parents who were very concerned about some of the situations brought about in the budget which would have compelled them to reduce elementary school classrooms by another section.. either two sections in the third grade, with three in the second, or visa versa..
Before the positions were presented to the board, Catania said the search interview and selection process was very challenging.. They had a collaborative team of teachers and principles interview a number of promising candidates during a busy end of the year and he then conducted a second round of interviews on his own.. separate from the first..Catania added that while the process was very collaborative.. in the end, the final decision is his..
The appointment of Melissa Latella as a third grade teacher at the elementary school brought some discussion as she is married to The Elementary School Principal Brian Latella.. School Board Member Patricia Stanton voiced her displeasure with the concept..
School Board President Mary Dietrich says they did do a lot of research last year when they were faced with this issue and what they found with a lot of smaller districts like Lake Placid, that is was not uncommon for this to happen..
The School Board’s VP Phill Baumbach says in this particular case all things weren’t equal and they’ve picked the best person in this particular case and the committee was looking out for what was going to best for the students…. In the end the vote was 5 to 1 in favor of the appointment with Pat Stanton voting against.. Several other teaching staff, including the appointment of Jenny Lynch as a third grade teacher were approved.. Lake Placid Village Trustee Jason Leon has also been appointed as a fifth grade teacher at the Elementary School.. He’s already been a teacher’s assistant and is moving up for a year to the teacher’s position..
The board also appointed Danielle Weibrecht as a second grade teacher which would round out the overall goals of Superintendent Roger Catania to maintain three sections in both the second and third grades..