To the editor:
Many Lake Placid Central School District residents will be surprised to discover a new administrative position is being proposed while many school districts are considering reducing administrative expenses. The new position of assistant principal is planned for the 2011-12 school year. Apparently, the current principal of Lake Placid Middle/High School is overwhelmed with responsibilities, discipline, etc. It seems that possibly one competent principal could function in this size school without a new assistant principal position, adding to the financial burden already challenging the local taxpayers. If this funding is available, shouldn’t the priority be given to our current teaching staff, which seems to be threatened annually with potential job elimination?
During these difficult financial times, as taxpayers and school boards struggle with budget issues, the addition of a new administrative position seems to be way off course.
Recently there has been much discussion regarding the priority of maintaining our current teaching staff and looking at other areas in which to reduce school expenses. In fact, the Tupper Lake school district, which is bigger than the Lake Placid school district, is considering eliminating the position of middle/high school principal entirely, with other staff absorbing additional responsibilities.
It seems the Lake Placid school district could easily function, as it has in the past, with one skilled and competent principal, and hopefully the taxpayers can afford to keep a talented and dedicated teaching staff securely in place.
Robert B. Rafferty