Interim administrator hired

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School Board of Education has appointed an interim assistant superintendent to handle the duties of Frank Pickus, who was placed on paid leave after his arrest on drug charges earlier this month.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Helen Stuetzel as interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, effective Monday of this week, at a pay rate of $425 per day.

Stuetzel, who has a Ph.D. in reading, previously served as interim principal at Gloversville Middle School in 2012 to fill in for former middle school Principal James Christopher, who resigned.

“She has experience. She has 38 years of education; she is working with us already,” district Superintendent Michael Vanyo said.

Stuetzel also has served as a consultant for the district’s literacy program, Vanyo said.

“She already knows the players, she knows people who are here, she can step into things and at least keep things moving,” Vanyo said.

Stuetzel will receive no benefits or sick days.

“If she isn’t here, if she has a prior commitment, she does not get paid [for that day],” Vanyo said.

Pickus was charged March 2 by Colonie police with being in possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop, police said.

Pickus, 57, of 16 Moore Ave., Saratoga Springs, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and traffic infractions.

According to Colonie police Lt. Robert Winn, Pickus was stopped around 6:14 p.m. March 2 in the parking lot of Starbucks on Troy Schenectady Road.

Officers found Pickus was in possession of a small quantity of methamphetamine along with other drug paraphernalia, Winn said.

Stuetzel is a former principal at Ballston Spa Middle School.

She earned degrees at the University at Albany and has worked as an adjunct instructor there.

Arthur Cleveland can be reached at acleveland@leaderherald.com