Monday, January 16th, 2017

Sodus Superintendent to leave

Sodus School Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio will be leaving her job to become superintendent of the Niskayuna Central School District outside Schenectady. On May 3, Niskayuna School Board President Jeanne Sosnow  announced Salvaggio was the finalist for the position and had been offered it.
Salvaggio, who had been superintendent in Sodus for seven years, said she sought the job to continue her professional development as a school administrator. She indicated to the Daily Gazette, the Schenectady newspaper, that she would accept it.
The district is still negotiating a contact with Salvaggio, A salary has not been set, but was advertised as being up to $210,000 depending on the individual’s experience and qualifications.
Niskayuna has roughly 4,200 students, compared to Sodus’ enrollment of 1,200. Sosnow said Niskayuna would like to have Salvaggio start by July 1.
Sodus Central School Board President Phillip Rose could not be reached for comment before press time as to what Sodus’ plans are regarding a search for a new superintendent.
A total of 24 people applied for the position in Niskayuna, and that initial group was narrowed to eight and then five. Three finalists toured the schools and met with interview committees last week. Sosnow said Salvaggio rose to the top for her experience as a superintendent, her understanding of instruction, her grasp of financial issues facing school districts and her enthusiasm. Before coming to Sodus, she was a principal of the high school in Churchville-Chili Central School District.
Current Niskayuna Superintendent Kevin Baughman announced last September that he is retiring June 30 after nine years with the district. He was paid $250,000.