The matter of consolidating the position of school superintendent for Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Keene Valley has been a topic of discussion recently, but it's easier said than done.
Some argue that it will save the taxpayers money. But it would not be as simple a move that one may be led to believe.
If the position is consolidated, let's say, between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, where would the new school boss be based? Will residents of Lake Placid be pleased if he or she is based in Saranac Lake or vice versa? There are other factors to consider besides just money. If a superintendent is splitting his or her time between two, or three school districts, will one district get more attention than the other?
Remember the key is - or should be - the welfare of the students of each district. If sharing a superintendent ultimately has a detrimental effect on the children's education, then consolidation is not a wise move.
One concept recently thrown out on the table in the media was the suggestion of a part-time superintendent. Really? This is an important high-level administrative post. Do you really think a part-time position will attract the most qualified applicants?
If consolidation is being considered, each school board - which are composed of intelligent individuals who have the student's well-being in mind - should be looking at other similar school districts that have made the transition But not just the success of such a move. More importantly, the failures and short-comings should be studied as well - and THAT should be a key determining factor of whether or not the consolidation of school superintendents is the right move for the schools in our area.
A move to consolidate would be one of the most - if not the most - important decision the school district would be faced with for some time. It should not be taken lightly.
On that note, the Lake Placid News welcomes feedback on the topic. It may come in the form of letters or guest commentaries by concerned taxpayers, parents, school officials - or even students. It can deal with the pros and/or cons or anything to do with such a move. The goal is the provide thought-provoking thoughts and information in a public forum that will help in the decision-making process. It will make a difference.
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