Mayfield names temporary head of school district

MAYFIELD – The Mayfield Central School District’s Board of Education on Tuesday appointed a new interim superintendent.

A. Paul Scott was chosen Tuesday by the school board to be the new interim superintendent.

According to a news release from the district, Scott will begin working for the district Monday. He will serve as the interim superintendent while Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel and members of the board construct a time table to find a long-term superintendent next year.

Scott will be paid $500 per day with no benefits, and is scheduled to work 230 days at most.

Board President Ernie Clapper said the board chose Scott for his experience and his attitude.

“His enthusiasm and interest in moving Mayfield forward is exciting to see. We welcome Mr. Scott to our district, and I think the Mayfield school community will be very happy with all he brings to our district,” Clapper said in the release.

In June, officials announced the search for a new permanent superintendent would need to begin again. Because then-interim Superintendent Joseph Natale – who left the position June 30 – made a commitment to work for a different school district, a new interim superintendent was needed.

Board member Kevin Capobianco said Scott was one of the finalists during the first interim superintendent search, but the district’s needs did not match up with Scott’s abilities at the time.

“Now we have a focus: we are going to put our business office back in order, and he [has] the ability to do that,” Capobianco said.

Scott brings several years of experience in instructional, policy and financial matters to the district, the release said. Scott served for more than a decade as the superintendent of the Peru Central School District, Clinton County, as well as serving as an interim superintendent for Peru, Northeastern Clinton and Elizabethtown-Lewis school districts since his retirement in 2011.

Clapper said the district hopes to set up a list of goals with Scott in August.

Scott did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

New employees

The board Tuesday also hired four other new employees, each of whom will work part time.

According to the board, four teachers were hired to fill two Academic Intervention Service positions, one library media specialist position and one speech language pathologist position.

Jamie Kohout, math AIS; Jill Becker, literature AIS; Tariyka Chaulk, library media specialist; and Dawn Barrett, speech language pathologist, were all approved unanimously by the board.

Salaries for those positions were not available this morning.