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Ogdensburg City School administrative reorganization finalized

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The Ogdensburg City School Board of Education approved the appointments of several people to new administrative positions at Monday’s meeting.

The district’s administrative reorganization was sparked this year by the retirement of Assistant Superintendent and Committee on Special Education Chair David J. Valois.

Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey said the reorganization will save the district $137,000.

Athletic Director Anthony E. Bjork was appointed to the position of assistant high school principal, starting at $71,626.

Mr. Bjork will continue serving as the athletic director, but will join the administrative union.

Until this appointment Mr. Bjork was technically a teacher on special assignment, making him part of the teachers union, although he had not taught a class for seven years.

His removal from the union riled the Ogdensburg Education Association leadership, which has asserted that the school district is reducing teachers’ ranks while adding administrative personnel.

Ogdensburg Free Academy Middle School Principal Kevin Kendall was appointed the district’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, at a salary of $91,080.

Grant C. Madill Elementary School Principal Debora M. Hannan was appointed as the director of the district’s special education program at a salary of $94,749.

OFA Assistant High School Principal Pamela J. Luckie will become the principal of the middle school, earning $78,798.

Fourth-grade English teacher Jacquelyn L. Kelly will become an assistant elementary principal as well. Her salary was set at $68,000.

Mrs. Kelly will serve as the effective principal at Lincoln Elementary School before its closure next year, when she will move to John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Mr. Vernsey said.

“[She is] an outstanding English teacher,” Mr. Vernsey said.

Mrs. Kelly has taught in Ogdensburg for 12 years, Mr. Vernsey said, and has a total of 15 years teaching experience.

“I think the interview committee did a very good job choosing her, and I think she’ll make an outstanding assistant elementary principal,” Mr. Vernsey said.

In addition to these appointments, the administrative reorganization will see Paula B. Scott, principal of Lincoln and Sherman elementary schools, become principal at Madill replace Mrs. Hannan.

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