Donna Moody, who has been in the position for the past 10 years, is resigning to teach physical education full time, effective Sept. 1.
“It is with regret that we’ll see her leave the position,” school board President Phil Baumbach said at Wednesday night’s school board meeting.
District Superintendent Randy Richards said he decided not to replace a physical education teacher who resigned recently, reducing the department’s full-time staff from four to three. Another teacher will also, now, cover a period or two at the middle-high school. Moody references the decision not to fill the vacancy in her resignation letter.
“I feel that the Lake Placid Central School students will best be served with two teachers in the classroom,” Moody wrote. “This will allow for better supervision, safety and quality of the program. For this to happen I need to return to the classroom full time. Having said that, I know that I cannot be in the classroom full time and continue on as Athletic Director. I would not do justice to either job.”
Richards said Wednesday he doubts another director will be found by Sept. 1, and that another administrator would have to do the job during the interim.
“That day-to-day function is a lot,” Richards said. “You’ve got 34 teams in this district. There’s a lot to do.”
Responding to suggestions from board members, Richards said he would check with other area superintendents about possibly sharing the position with other districts. He also said he would check with some retired athletic administrators, to see if any of them are interested.
Lou Reuter/Lake Placid News file photo
Donna Moody takes a trip to the pitcher’s circle during a Lake Placid softball game in 2010.