Meeting in a special session on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the School Committee voted 6-0 to accept the resignation of assistant superintendent for pupil services Kyle Riley and post the position as director of student services on an interim basis to complete the school year.
The position was posted immediately after the meeting because state law requires the position be filled by Oct. 1.
Members Christopher Howard, Robert O’Brien Jr., Christopher Scriven and Alexandria Taylor were unable to attend.
“As you know, that position was formerly a director of student services, it was changed last September by the School Committee and the assistant superintendent position was formed,” said Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Szymaniak said. “I’d like to go back to the director of student services and I need your approval for that.”
The salary for a director will be lower than that of an assistant superintendent, but the duties are similar.
“The director of student services incorporates special education, homeless transportation, special education transportation and English-language learners as well as home-school students,” Szymaniak said. “When we looked at it as an assistant superintendent it was a little more as a decision-maker in Central Office. As we put together a flow chart of superintendent, one assistant superintendent who has hands in a lot of different things and this as a true director position — much like many of the districts around us.”
Szymaniak also reported that he has advised Hanson Town Administrator Michael McCue about the committee’s Sept. 12 vote to extend the Maquan School turnover date to Oct. 31.
“Does everybody understand we’re not mowing that field anymore?” Committee member Michael Jones asked.
Szymaniak replied that he believes the Maquan Re-Use Committee is discussing such particulars.
“We’re not going to have any obligation to do that,” Szymaniak said. “I think that’s going to be something that, if they ask us to do that, there might be a fee … but our responsibility to that facility is going to turn over Oct. 31.”
He said the town is now discussing how to secure the building and the district is working with town officials to purchase materials to board it up, for which they will seek reimbursement from the town.
Dates for the municipal and public yard sales will be announced at the Wednesday, Oct. 10 School Committee meeting.