As of July 1, Potsdam Central School will have a principal vacancy. This is an interesting situation for the Superintendent and Board of Education because they have made a point of not filling the teaching vacancies which will be open for the next school year. It seems as if this is an excellent opportunity to consolidate administration, as well as re-align the grades in the middle school.
According to the Powerpoint presentation given at the Community Forum on February 25th, eighteen (18) teaching positions have been lost from 2009 to 2013. For administration, there has been a loss of one half-time Dean of Students on the academic side. The presentation states that 40% of the Buildings & Grounds Superintendent and 40% of the Food Service Director are also administrative cuts, but those positions are not directly tied to academics. It makes more sense to compare them against the Support Staff cuts, which account for the loss of more than twenty-two (22) positions.
This is the perfect time to look at the logistics of consolidating the grades under the supervision of two principals. The savings of having two administrative offices instead of three could allow for the reinstatement of needed teaching positions. The current fiscal situation of the school district demands a serious look at this option. Let's hope that the Superintendent and BOE give this option the serious consideration it deserves.