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Mary Cahill
Lake George Superintendent Mary Cahill

LAKE GEORGE -- Mary Cahill, who was hired in 2007 as the Lake George school superintendent, has resigned, effective immediately.

On Thursday, the Lake George Board of Education unanimously approved to a buyout with Cahill, who was under contract until June 30, 2011. She will receive nearly $86,000, including up to six months in health benefits.

According to the agreement, there were certain "irreconcilable differences" between the board and Cahill.

"We have appreciated Mary's time and service to our district over the past three years," said Naomi O'Reilly in a press release. "She has many strengths to offer, but she and the board have been growing in different directions over the past few years. We all felt it would be in the best interests of the district to part ways now and make a fresh start for the new school year."

Cahill recently did not get a contract extension. O'Reilly refused to say why.

In exchange for her immediate resignation, Cahill will receive a lump sum of $69,763.60, along with $16,000 for unused accrued and current vacation time.

In addition, the district will continue to pay Cahill's health benefits through Jan. 19, 2011. The district will pay $512.58 for health and $47.84 for dental a month, although the benefits will cease if Cahill find another job before January.

Cahill could not be reached for comment on Wednesday because her home phone was disconnected.

The board has named Patrick Dee as interim superintendent, a duty he will split with his current position as director of curriculum and instruction.

By agreeing to the buyout, neither Cahill nor anyone on the board can make "derogatory comments" about one another, according to the agreement. Cahill is also prohibited from filing complaints against the board.

On Aug. 10, the board will meet with James Dexter, district superintendent of the local BOCES, to discuss the search for a superintendent.

Cahill's annual salary for this year is $153,608. She was hired in July 2007 to a three-year contract.

She took over the 1,000-student district when former superintendent Bruce Levin retired after more than 20 years at the district.

The board chose Cahill from 35 applicants. She beat out David Eagle, a former longtime Lake George High School principal, who was a finalist for the superintendent job.

Prior to Lake George, she was the assistant superintendent for instruction at the Binghamton City School District, which has about 6,000 students. She is a former elementary teacher.


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