OLEAN – Tuesday night’s meeting for the Olean City School District was bitter- sweet: A longtime principal was calling it a career, a new principal and new teachers were announced, and a swearing-in took place.
After a successful run for a seat on the School Board vacated after the death of Gordon Cross in 2013, Ira Katzenstein, who was the top vote earner in May, resigned his seat on the board so that he could be sworn in. His combined term will last five years and 41 days.
As the board shuffled, the helm of East View Elementary School was staffed once again. Longtime district principal John White stepped down and will be replaced by former East View Elementary teacher Brian Crawford.
Crawford will be making his return to the Olean district after spending the last several years with the Instructional Support Division of BOCES. Crawford will be in a probationary position for three years, starting July 27. He will earn $83,500 as an annual salary.
Also, the district will have a new math teacher to start the 2014-2015 school year, as well as two half-time physical education teachers. Those positions were part of the budget that was overwhelmingly approved by district voters in May.
Another two teachers will be taken out of the classroom to be on special assignment with responsibilities in curriculum, instruction, assessment and data analysis development for the district, according to the superintendent, Colleen Taggerty.