Lancaster School Superintendent Thomas J. Markle has been appointed to head the Seaford School District on Long Island.
The Seaford School Board voted, 4-0, Thursday night to approve a 3 1/2 -year contract with Markle, who has been in Lancaster since July 2003.
Seaford School Board President Bradley Kass said he was impressed with Markle's breadth of service -- he has been superintendent in five districts across New York, including Lancaster and Springville.
Kass said Markle has a track record as a team player, as a leader who mentors others.
"He's very approachable, which I think is very important," Kass said. "He has a good way of relating to everyone in a school setting, from other administrators all the way down to the students. He does a good job of building relationships and nurturing them."
Kass would not disclose the salary or other details of Markle's contract in Seaford. Markle did not respond to a phone message. The Seaford position was advertised at $200,000 to $210,000 a year. Markle was making about $150,000 in Lancaster.
"I'm not going to get into the details of that. I just don't want to," Kass said. "I think it would be fair to say we are paying him a competitive pay package with competitive benefits."
Markle is supposed to start in Seaford in early January, although his contract in Lancaster calls for him to give 90 days' notice. Lancaster School Board President Kenneth Graber said the board is going to waive the required notice.
"We could force him to stay for three more months, but that wouldn't help anybody," Graber said.
The Lancaster School Board is scheduled to meet today to discuss filling Markle's position. Graber said he expects the board to appoint Assistant Superintendent Edward J. Myszka interim superintendent, then find someone to pick up Myszka's duties in the business office.
"It's too much for one person [to do both jobs]," Graber said. "We certainly recognize that."
Both Graber and Joseph Maciejewski, the board vice president, said they were sorry to see Markle leave.
"Mr. Markle's been a good superintendent," Maciejewski said. "We haven't had any controversies, but change is also good. Maybe it's time for change. I wish him well."