Changes at the top post at Unatego and Stamford Central Schools have recently been announced.
• At Unatego, a replacement was appointed for Superintendent Charles Molloy, who notified the district he would be leaving at the end of the school year. Oxford Academy and Central School Superintendent David Richards was hired by Unatego to start in July at a salary of $130,000.
Molloy was first hired by the district as an interim in 2007. He retired as superintendent of Frankfort-Schuyler Central School in 2001. He said he was looking forward to enjoying the summer, and will consider further plans after that.
Richards, 58, said during his two years at Oxford he has enjoyed working with the staff and students. However, he said, he lives in the Unatego School District and has family in the area.
Richards has a long history with the district, and started his educational career there twenty years ago as a student teacher. Oxford has about 800 students and the Unatego population is about 1,000, he said. With the demographics being the same, “it will be a fairly smooth transition.”
Former Oxford Central School Superintendent Grayson Stevens will replace Richards as an interim superintendent.
“I will miss everyone I have worked with here,” Richards said. “The community has been warm and welcoming.”
Richards received a bachelor’s degree in 1995 and a master’s in 1996, both from SUNY Oneonta. He received his administrative certification from SUNY Cortland in 2006 and his doctorate from SUNY Binghamton in 2011.
• At Stamford Central School, Superintendent Katy Graves will be leaving the post that she has held for two years, to start July 1 as the superintendent at Sag Harbor School District. With grown children and a husband who is retired, she has the mobility others might not, she said. And with the state education department encouraging more shared services for districts under 1,000 students, she said she felt it was a matter of time before this included superintendents. Stamford has about 300 students, her new district has about 1,000.
While it was “heartbreaking,” to leave the community where she grew up, the time was right to make the change, she said. She noted, the district is academically strong and well-positioned to deal with budget challenges. She is currently making $114,000 a year. Her new position has a starting salary of $215,000 but the cost of living is much greater in that area of Long Island, she said.
The board of education is expected to approve retired Edmeston superintendent David Rowley to fill the position on an interim basis. Rowley has also worked as an interim superintendent at Oneonta City School District. Stamford Board of Education President James Eklund said the contract has not been finalized yet, so he could not say what the interim rate was.
The board will explore all options before hiring a replacement. On Graves’ tenure, Eklund said: “We were very happy working with her for the two years she was in the district,” and with an “exceptional” job waiting for her, “we wish her the best.”