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  • Kawryga takes over as interim superintendent of HCS

  • There’s a new face in the superintendent’s office at Herkimer Central School.

    Theodore Kawryga, a retired Dolgeville school superintendent, took on the position of interim superintendent at Herkimer effective Jan. 2 and expects to continue in that post for the next several months.

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  • There’s a new face in the superintendent’s office at Herkimer Central School.
    Theodore Kawryga, a retired Dolgeville school superintendent, took on the position of interim superintendent at Herkimer effective Jan. 2 and expects to continue in that post for the next several months.
    Kawryga took over the position from Gary Tutty, who served as interim superintendent for a year and a half while the district took part in a merger study with the Ilion and Mohawk school districts. Herkimer voters rejected the proposal and the search is now under way for a new superintendent.
    “If all goes according to plan, we’ll have a new superintendent in here by May 1,” said Kawryga during an interview Friday afternoon. “That’s the timeline we’re working with.”
    In the meantime, he is ready to get to work.
    His role, he said is “to keep the district moving forward.”
    “We have a job to do and that’s to educate children,” said Kawryga. “One of my major responsibilities because of the time frame will be the budget and, if possible, to complete contract negotiations. Those are the two major things I hope to accomplish.”
    This is also a busy time in the life of the school, with tests, sports and other school activities, he pointed out.
    “And that’s just at the high school,” Kawryga said, adding there is plenty going on at the elementary school as well.
    He said he has been scheduling times to meet with the various groups of staff members.
    Kawryga praised Tutty for the job he did as interim superintendent and said he hopes to be able to turn over the keys to the next superintendent with the district running smoothly.
    The school board met last month with Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua, who is serving as the search consultant, and agreed to a timeline for its superintendent search. Vivacqua anticipated the field of applicants will be trimmed to two or three finalists by sometime in the middle of February and a new superintendent could be in place as early as May 1.
    The next meeting of the school board is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the junior-senior high school media center.
    Kawryga taught in Syracuse city schools, served as assistant principal at Central Square Central School and principal at Solvay Central School and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School before becoming superintendent of schools at Dolgeville. He retired from there in 2010 after a 34-year career in education.
    About a year and a half after his retirement, Kawryga was asked to serve as interim principal at Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School. He served in that capacity from January until the end of June last year.
    When Tutty left the interim superintendent’s post at Herkimer, Kawryga was asked and agreed to serve as interim until a new superintendent is in place.
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