Posted at: 08/15/2013 11:50 PM
By: Jessica Layton
WYNANTSKILL - A day after we told you about the resignation of embattled Wynantskill Superintendent Dr. Lisa Henkel, a new interim superintendent was announced. Lee Bordick will take over the job starting next week.
With a new school year around the corner, parents, teachers and students are hoping it's a brand new beginning. But emotions are still erupting.
A regular school board meeting held Thursday night started out civil. With parents thanking school board members for hearing them out about their concerns regarding Henkel.
"This will be a better year now," said Parent Meredith Gavin.
Many see the appointment of Lee Bordick as interim superintendent as a chance to start fresh at Gardner Dickinson School. But not everyone let the school board off the hook so easy. Some parents continued to contend the board took too long taking action against a superintendent they believed was ineffective and intimidating. Henkel received a vote of no confidence from the majority of the teachers in June.
Those sentiments prompted an angry exchange between board member Matt Hug and people in the crowd. Hug says the district's issues didn't start with Henkel. And they won't end with her resignation. He also expressed concern about parents taking their frustrations to the media.
Board President Andrea Paone got things back on track, pointing out emotions are still running high.
"This has been a very, very stressful summer for all of us and I think we all have healing to do," Paone said.
Meredith Gavin can't wait for that part. She hopes this will be a growing year. A year to remember for all the right reasons for her 4th grade son.
"We're not moving backward like last year. We're moving in the right direction," Gavin said.
Lee Bordick served as Lansingburgh School Superintendent for 22 years, then went onto Chatham as an interim superintendent. He starts his job with Wynantskill on Wednesday.
As for Dr. Henkel: anytime we've reached out to her in the past she's refused to comment. Nobody answered the phone when NewsChannel 13 tried calling her again Thursday night.