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Frontier School District searching for assistant superintendent

Frontier Central School District is looking for an administrator to not only keep the financial books and develop the budget, but to seek community partnerships and save the district money.

Applications for the newly created post of assistant superintendent for business are due Aug. 29, and the board hopes to appoint someone by mid-October.

Business Manager Richard Calipari resigned due to family circumstances in July, and Superintendent Bret Apthorpe recommended the post be expanded to an assistant superintendent’s position.

The School Board recently created the assistant superintendent’s position, and approved an agreement with Calipari for him to advise the district on financial matters until the new position is filled. The district will pay for Calipari’s health insurance until Sept. 30.

The district is returning to the assistant superintendent model that it used before Calipari was hired. Assistant Superintendent of Business Richard Binner retired in 2012 after 17 years with the district.

Apthorpe noted the district is one of the largest in Western New York and has a $75 million budget, and it needs someone to not only lead its fiscal services but to help take it to a new level of financial stability by identifying cost savings.

“We need people who will go out and create these sorts of municipal-school partnerships and help lower our costs,” he said.