NORTHVILLE - Northville Central School District officials introduced Debra Lynker as interim superintendent this week, and Board of Education will work with Lynker to prepare the 2013-14 budget while also searching for a permanent replacement for Kathy Dougherty, whose retirement will take effect this week.
Lynker, a retired superintendent whose last full-time appointment was at the Livingston Manor Central School District in Sullivan County, will start Monday and work with the district for the next six months. For the next six months, Lynker will be conducting the normal duties of a superintendent, and her focus will be helping to put together a budget to propose in the spring.
Northville Board of Education President Jim Beirlein said that her strength in financial matters made her a great fit for the district.
"Among the candidates we interviewed, I think we just felt she was the best fit at this time," he said. "She has a lot of strength in the area of finance. We know it's going to be a difficult season for the budget."
Beirlein said this type of position was exactly what she was looking for despite being retired.
"She wanted the opportunity to get back into the game without extending to a permanent obligation," he said. "It offers her an opportunity to work in education while still getting her retirement. In her words, 'You can only play so much bridge and golf. She was anxious to get back to work."
The board members have also been in contact with HFM BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel about helping the district find a permanent replacement.