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Retirements will necessitate administrative reorganization

Several top-level retirements in the Hamburg Central School District are allowing Superintendent Steven A. Achramovitch to reorganize his team of administrators.

Thomas Bagley, director of administrative services, announced his resignation earlier this month, along with recent retirement announcements by Thomas Nemmer, director of technology, and Gregg Davis, assistant superintendent of information services.

Meanwhile, the position of associate superintendent has remained vacant since spring 2010, when Gordon Kerr took a leave of absence.

Achramovitch said that in all this movement he saw an opportunity for getting lean.

"We looked for areas where we could save money by consolidating while still providing services to staff and students. [Other districts] are looking to do this, seeking efficiencies where they can," the superintendent said.

The director of technology position is being abolished, as is the assistant superintendent of information services, but Davis has been appointed as a consultant for data analysis on a part-time basis after his July 1 retirement. He will assist with the annual professional performance review required for districts receiving federal "Race to the Top" money.

As for the associate superintendent post, which oversaw human resources, facilities and financial services under Kerr's tenure, the seat will be filled. It will be posted as an assistant superintendent position to manage the human resources and technology areas.

One of the few positions not changing is the director of administrative services. That title will be intact for its next occupant once Bagley, who served in that capacity for nine years, retires July 1. The district hopes to have an individual in place by the end of July when the auditors come in.

All said, the reorganization should reduce head count and save the district about $50,000, Achramovitch said.

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