LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George school board is set to adopt a resolution Tuesday to abolish the assistant principal position at the high school.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Lake George Elementary School.
The district plans to cut the position of Vice Principal Cody Conley, effective at the end of the school year, and create an interim district administrator for K-12 curriculum, instruction and student support services.
School officials have said the change is necessary because they want a stronger focus on curriculum throughout all the grades. They also say that there is less need for the vice principal position because the district’s enrollment has declined by 309 students in 10 years, to 776.
The position is labeled as interim because it would be for one year and then re-evaluated. District officials say the ideal candidate would be a retired administrator at the superintendent or assistant superintendent level.
Conley, who has been vice principal since 2010, has been offered a teaching position at the school if he is unable to or chooses not to find a new administrative position at another district.
The plan has generated some controversy, and a group called Lake George United for Education has formed to save the position. Its members say that the position is needed to deal with disciplinary incidents and ensure student safety.
They also claim that the board acted improperly because it discussed the administrative restructuring behind closed doors in an executive session. While a discussion of the employment history of a specific person would be allowed in executive session under the law, a discussion of the restructuring would not be.
The district says it followed all proper procedures under the law.
The two items to abolish the assistant principal and create the curriculum director are the last ones on the agenda.