Gloversville district hires directors

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education today hired two curriculum directors.

Lauri Kent was approved to a three-year probationary appointment as the director of elementary curriculum and instruction starting July 1. According to meeting documents, her salary for the 2014-15 school year will be $79,720.

James Wager Jr. was approved to a three-year probationary appointment as director of secondary curriculum and instruction starting July 1. According to meeting documents, his salary for the 2014-15 school year will be $90,000.

District Superintendent Michael Vanyo said both were selected after a search that included more than 100 applicants and multiple rounds of interviews with committees, administrators and the Board of Education.

Both of the curriculum directors currently are administrators in the Lansingburgh Central School District, he said.

The two positions will pick up the responsibility of Frank Pickus, the previous assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction who retired while on administrative leave in March.

Pickus was charged March 2 by Colonie police with being in possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop, police said. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and traffic infractions.

Pickus’ salary was $100,719 for the 2013-14 school year.

More on this story will appear in Wednesday’s print and online editions.