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Carl Militello will be leaving his post as principal of Eden Junior-Senior High School in August to become superintendent of the Wellsville School District in Allegany County.

"Obviously, it's a big promotion," Militello said. His salary is in the $70,000-plus range at Eden and he will make around $80,000 in Wellsville.

"It's a marvelous opportunity in Wellsville. The community is very supportive of the educational program (there)."

Militello's departure from Eden comes in the midst of a controversial switch to a semestering schedule format at the Eden junior-senior high school this September, a change that he was highly involved in.

Asked about leaving the district before semestering begins this fall, Militello said, "We've come to closure on the program for semestering. The staff development is set."

The scheduling change is under intense scrutiny and will be reviewed next spring by school officials and an outside consultant hired by the district.

"Semestering is well on its way to success," said Militello, who worked 10 years at Eden schools, six of them as an assistant principal and the last four years as principal. "I would like to be a part of that (semestering), but I will pursue some other career goals. The high school is set. The semestering package has a lot of support . . . It is ready to go."

The Wellsville district has an enrollment of around 1,800 pupils -- a little larger than Eden's school system. He said he had four separate interviews for the position.

Eden Superintendent Thomas Christopher was out of town and could not be reached to comment Tuesday about filling the principal's position or about who would serve as the lead person for semestering after Militello's departure.

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