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Cairo-Durham gets new superintendent, but not everyone is happy

Jul 31, 2019 2:30 pm
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Cairo-Durham Board of Education named Michael Wetherbee as the district's new superintendent, effective August 5. Wetherbee previously served for 12 years as superintendent of the Wayland-Cohocton Central School District in Livingston County. His 23 years of educational experience include time spent as a school psychologist, director of pupil personnel services, school business administrator and superintendent. While the board welcomed Wetherbee to the position, district residents present at the meeting questioned his appointment, expressing concern about the circumstances around his resignation from Wayland-Cohocton. The language contained in the separation agreement signed by Weatherbee caused some concern. That language indicated that Weatherbee is now prohibited from entering school property, and he is not permitted to use Wayland-Cohocton as a reference for future employment. "Our consultant vetted all the candidates to the best of their ability,” Cairo-Durham board president Stephan Brandow said. “Not being able to give a reference is not uncommon.” The district did its due diligence, board member David Infantino said. “This is the most thorough search process I’ve been through,” he said. “It was a collaborative effort with a lot of candidates. We need to let time prove itself.” For his part, Wetherbee, who attended the meeting, did not address any of the issues presented and declined to comment before he adjourned to executive session with the board. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.