In a brief special January session the Crestwood School Board, led by President Eric Aigeldinger, filled the seat of retiring Superintendent David McLaughlin-Smith by appointing Brian Waite as Acting Superintendent.
In the final days of McLaughlin-Smith’s tenure, Waite was appointed to the interim term which was defined as “a period not to exceed one year.” He has served for over 8 years as Assistant to the Superintendent and worked over 14 years in the Crestwood School District.
The post offers a stipend above his regular salary –reported at about $104,000 –of $100 per day or $700 per week for the additional duties.
The board, short by one member, voted unanimously for the appointment.
Waite, a Mountain Top resident, was present at the meeting and said afterward that the superintendent position has not yet been formally posted.
He was not prepared to state if he will be applying for the position, declaring the decision, “personal.”
The opening was the subject of some comment in the district since the board’s November meeting when three directors’ elect urged the then majority to refrain from appointing a superintendent when they would be seated within a month.
Despite the request, in November the board majority appointed a candidate pending the submission of the required credentials.
That appointment was rescinded in December when it was agreed to begin the search process for qualified candidates anew.
In addition, the meeting was advertised to permit a vote to act on the resignation of Norbert Dotzel as Secretary and the appointment of a new Secretary. By unanimous vote, Maureen McGovern was appointed to that post for the unexpired term through June of 2017.