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For the second time in a week a Commodore Perry administrator has decided to cross the district line and head for a new job at neighboring Lakeview schools.
The moves temporarily leave CP without a superintendent, high school principal or elementary principal for the upcoming school year. Classes begin Sept. 4.
“I think they should be charged a poaching fee,” CP board president Cathy Adsit said with a laugh Tuesday.
Monday night Lakeview hired Carol O. Lilly as its new high school principal. Lilly, who lives in Meadville and for the past year has served as elementary principal at CP, replaces Elizabeth Auer, who is awaiting trial on charges she provided alcohol to students at her home in July 2011.
Auer was placed on paid administrative leave as soon as the charges were filed against her in January, and the district severed ties with her this summer.
Lilly, who will be paid a prorated salary of $84,000 for the 2012-13 school year, follows CP’s superintendent, Doug Mays, who on July 31 was hired as the superintendent of Lakeview to replace Frank McClard.
For the 2011-12 year Mays had served not just as CP’s superintendent, but also as the district’s high school principal, Adsit said. The district had opted to divide the high school principal’s duties between two people – Mays and Jeff Keeling, who was named to a newly created position, dean of students.
Keeling, an English teacher, split his time between handling some administrative duties and teaching a few English classes. He remains at CP.
The CP board hasn’t met since Mays’ move to Lakeview was confirmed by that board’s vote last week. Adsit said Mays’ departure “wasn’t a real big surprise.” His new contract at Lakeview begins Sept. 1.
Still, it leaves in limbo how CP will proceed. Mays had agreed to splitting his time between the administrative office and high school principal’s office for just one year, so no matter what it was time for the board to decide if it would continue with the dual principals. Adsit said the board earmarked enough money for salaries in the 2012-13 budget to go either way.
“I don’t see how we can keep a dean of students,” Adsit said. “We’re going to need to do something. It’s my opinion that we’re going to have to come up with a high school principal because the superintendent’s job is a full-time job.”
The board will start those discussions during its Aug. 16 work session. She expects the board to appoint an interim superintendent and also hire Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in Grove City to search for the district’s new superintendent. Adsit said no current CP employee holds the required state superintendent certification.
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