CVCS’ DiDomenico on paid leave of absence, return date unknown

SINCLAIRVILLE – For the foreseeable future, the Cassadaga Valley Central School District will operate without a full-time middle/high school principal.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education announced during a special meeting that it had reached an agreement with Dr. Tara DiDomenico, the district’s current high school principal, but was unable to disclose the terms of the agreement. According to interim Superintendent Thomas Schmidt, who was hired to the position during the same meeting, those terms included a paid leave of absence for DiDomenico.

“The board approved an agreement with (DiDomenico), granting a leave of absence with no indication of when she might return,” Schmidt said.

Although DiDomenico has not had a presence in the middle/high school building throughout the week, Schmidt said her leave officially began when it was approved by the board Tuesday. As to exactly how long DiDomenico has been away from her office, Schmidt was uncertain.

For now, Schmidt said, the duties of the principal are being performed by the collective abilities of the district’s administrative team.

“Currently, the entire administrative staff is working to pick up some of those duties,” Schmidt said. “It’s a challenge to the remaining staff, but the people here are great and the staff is working to the best of their abilities, as usual.”

The board will hold its next regular meeting Monday, when Schmidt said the district will look into its options in moving forward with the vacant position.”I will speak with the board on Monday evening at our board meeting to make the decision on looking for an interim principal until the situation is resolved with Dr. DiDomenico,” Schmidt said.

This time of transition comes on the heels of the sudden resignation of Scott Smith, former CVCS superintendent, which was approved by the board Tuesday after its “consideration of his interactions with another district employee.”