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Interim principals reappointed in Lake Placid

December 13, 2012

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Central School District Board of Education has reappointed two interim principals to serve through the remainder of the school year.

Meanwhile, the board is still considering which leadership model it wants to use at the Lake Placid Middle-High School. In the past, the district has used a principal and assistant principal, but some faculty members say the current model - which features a high school principal and a middle school principal - works better.

High school Principal Greg Camelo and middle school Principal Rick Retrosi will continue to serve in their interim roles until June 2013 after the board voted unanimously Tuesday night to reappoint them. The district had hoped to hire a new principal to start in January 2013, but a finalist in the job search pulled out last month, forcing the district to restart its search.

Camelo and Retrosi, who are both retired, are only allowed to earn $30,000 per year under New York State Retirement System rules. Board member Phil Baumbach noted that both men will exceed that limit.

Board President Mary Dietrich said Camelo and Retrosi are filing for waivers from the state.

On the leadership model, learning specialist Margie Gallagher said the current setup is working well.

"It's a nice model," she said. "There are a lot of reasons why it's been beneficial. As you move forward with what you're thinking about for principals it's something that you might want to consider."

Dietrich said the board is considering which model it wants to use. The board encouraged stakeholders - parents, teachers and students - to weigh in with their opinions.

Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or



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