Moving forward after shakeup in Cassadaga

SINCLAIRVILLE-Thomas Schmidt insists Cassadaga Valley Central School is moving forward from an administration shakeup last week.

“I can tell you we are moving together as a district,” Schmidt, the district’s interim superintendent, said Wednesday.

Sinclairville Elementary School Principal Josh Gilevski was appointed interim high school principal while John Kwietniewski was named interim principal at Sinclairville Elementary School.

Schmidt said he met with staff after the interim positions were filled Tuesday.

“I introduced them to some of their new administration realignment and we talked about some of the things mentioned at (Monday’s) meeting,” Schmidt said. “I made them aware of what parents are concerned about.”

LeeAnn Lazarony, Cassadaga mayor, and other concerned parents still have many questions, to which Schmidt said he’s open to talk about.

“Some parents have already called. I’m looking forward to more of them calling,” Schmidt said.

“They (students) want to know that someone’s steering the ship here,” Lazarony said.

Monday’s board of education meeting at Cassadaga Valley Central School was well-attended after the sudden resignation of former Superintendent Scott Smith and district’s paid leave of absence agreement with Principal Tara DiDomenico last week.

“We’re going to make things work. We’re going to push this school forward and heal these wounds and make sure our students get the best education possible,” Schmidt said.

Although parents had questions about the situation, the board did not answer them, citing legal obligations.

David Christy, chairman of Cassadaga Valley Central School’s Board of Education, expressed to meeting attendants on Monday he’d like to see future meetings have the same rate of attendance.

“They (students) want to know that someone’s steering the ship here,” Lazarony said.

Monday’s board of education meeting at Cassadaga Valley Central School was well-attended after the sudden resignation of former Superintendent Scott Smith and the district’s paid leave of absence agreement with Principal Tara DiDomenico last week.

“We’re going to make things work. We’re going to push this school forward and heal these wounds and make sure our students get the best education possible,” Schmidt said.

Although parents had questions about the situation, the board did not answer them, citing legal obligations.

David Christy, chairman of Cassadaga Valley Central School’s Board of Education, expressed to meeting attendants on Monday he’d like to see future meetings have the same rate of attendance.

The next board of education meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 in the multipurpose room at the high school.

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