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Catania named interim LPCSD superintendent

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education appointed an interim superintendent on Tuesday, June 15. It’s a familiar face.

The new superintendent of the school, Timothy Seymour, is starting in August. The current superintendent, Roger Catania, is retiring at the end of this month. The school board voted to appoint Catania as the interim superintendent for the month of July — with the exception of July 1, when Assistant Superintendent for Business Dana Wood will be interim superintendent. Catania has to be retired for at least one day before he can be brought on as a per diem employee, according to school board President Rick Preston.

The board voted unanimously to approve both Wood and Catania’s appointments.

“I guess we should ask if this guy is qualified,” school board member Daniel Cash joked, after the board approved Catania’s appointment. “Where’s the resume, at least?”

Seymour’s first day as superintendent of Lake Placid school is Aug. 2. Seymour, who is currently the superintendent at St. Regis Falls Central School District, plans to move from Malone to Lake Placid with his wife, who is a teacher, and their children. He wrote in an email last month that he’s excited to work with “the talented and compassionate educators at Lake Placid Central School District to channel the excitement that will come from the end of the COVID-19 pandemic,” and to “work with the shareholders in the district to create unique partnerships with area businesses and organizations to enhance the overall student experience.”