The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central Board of Education appointed Cheryl Hutchins to an administrative position as part of the School district’s recent restructuring of administrative personnel.
Hutchins will serve the school district as the Director of Student Services, a position that officially begins July 1.
“We are very pleased that Mrs. Hutchins will continue her new role in district level leadership here at Elizabethtown Lewis,” commented Superintendent/Principal Scott Osborne. “Mrs. Hutchins is a very well respected professional in our school community. She has a depth of familiarity with our students, their families, and all of our school communities as a whole. Her service has been a positive step within our school building, and that will continue to be the case.”
Serving as the Director of Student Services, Hutchins will be responsible for administration and leadership of the Committee on Special Education, as well as the Committee on Pre-School education, Academic Intervention Services, and Response to Intervention service programs – all aimed at designing and creating supports for students.
Hutchins will continue her role as K-12 Dean of Students, as well.
The appointment of Hutchins finalizes the School Board’s restructuring of administrative staffing, prompted by a year of leadership transition for Elizabethtown-Lewis CSD.
Last June, Superintendent Gail Else retired. During August 2012, former Principal and CSE Director Jennifer Bull left the district for another position in the Ticonderoga Central School District.
“A. Paul Scott served as our interim superintendent for a period of time, from July through November,” Osborne said. “During that time, Cheryl Hutchins was called to serve our students, and she answered that call, starting the school year as our interim principal.”
During summer 2012, based on the resignation of administrator Jennifer Bull, the Board determined the need to recruit for a full-time K-12 “Director of Special Services” role that includes the duties of CSE Chairperson; CPSE Chairperson; Section 504 Chairperson; State-mandated accountability assessment and testing for K-12 special education, compensatory education and developmental education programs; Title IX Officer and other essential duties as assigned by the Superintendent/Principal.
Director of Student Services is an eleven-month position, with an initial annual salary of $90,000.00. The salary will be re-negotiated annually, contingent upon performance evaluations and demonstrated progress toward district goals and priorities.
In addition to the regular workload of the job, Osborne noted that Hutchins will serve as a ‘lead evaluator’ of teachers under the state’s new laws and regulations for annual professional performance reviews.
“Mrs. Hutchins has been serving as an interim administrator in this particular position since November, therefore, she has become quite familiar over the last five months with the demands and responsibilities to be carried out by a district level administrator in this capacity,” Osborne said. “Hutchins’ passion for education is evident in her daily work and interactions with all stakeholders. She employs a practical, commonsense approach while listening to the various needs of our school community. Our school district’s potential is greater with Cheryl Hutchins in a leadership role, and I look forward to our continued forward movement.”