North Syracuse Superintendent Kim Dyce Faucette resigns, interim superintendent appointed

Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette

North Syracuse Central School Superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette has resigned.

The school board accepted her resignation during a special board meeting on Friday afternoon.

The board says it was a mutual decision not to extend Dyce Faucetteâ??s contract, which was scheduled to expire next August.

Board of Education President Pat Carbone says the board was looking for significant change when they hired Dyce Faucette two years ago, after long-time Superintendent Dr. Jerome Melvin retired, but they are now looking to go in a new direction.

"Since then, the composition of the Board has changed, and new directions are now being sought. Both the Board and Dr. Dyce agree that a change in leadership would be in the best interest of our school district," said Carbone.

In a statement, Dyce Faucette said the decision to leave "was not made lightly."

"The Board and I are in mutual agreement regarding this course of action. We have worked together over the last two years to improve educational opportunities for the students of the District, and there is much we have accomplished and much we can be proud of," Dyce Faucette said in a statement. However, we are in agreement that the District needs to move in some new directions, and it is time for me to step aside. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with our outstanding staff and students. I am proud of the results we have achieved collectively in a very short time, and I know the potential for continued growth and improvement here is tremendous. So it is with a somewhat heavy heart that I have to say goodbye."

The board agreed to buy out the remaining year of Dyce Faucetteâ??s contract as part of the separation agreement terms.

Assistant Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness and Human Resources Annette Speech was named as interim superintendent while a search is conducted for a new Superintendent. Speach started in the district in 1985 as a special education teacher at Allen Road Elementary School. More recently, she was the Director of Human Resources for the district for 14 years, and in the past year worked as the assistant superintendent.

"I plan to listen to the community, work with the administration, work with the teachers and the employees to try and move us forward in a positive way, certainly with a focus on what's best for students," Speach says.

The meeting was scheduled following rumors regarding the superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucetteâ??s employment status. Leading up to the meeting, the district would only say that the board would address two personnel items. Dyce Faucette declined to answer our questions about her status.

Dyce Faucette was recently at the

forefront of the school's budget issues

after the school budget was initially rejected. The budget would have increased taxes by 5.33%. A

revised budget passed

, increasing taxes by 3.45%.

Last June, Dyce Faucette first came

under fire from the teacher's union

when members voiced their "rage" against the superintendent during a board meeting, saying she "fostered an atmosphere of distrust and dismay." The union called on the board to take "decisive action," related to the superintendent's job.

Later that month, the mother of a student who was attacked

called on the district to expel the attacker

, which the superintendent did not do. The mother told CNY Central that Dyce Faucette gave the attacker a 5 day suspension but was uncertain how it would be enforced since the school year had ended.

In August of last year, Dyce Faucette and the school board fired longtime softball coach Kerry Bennett, after he was accused of bullying one of his players who decided to

attend her senior prom

instead of a game. Supporters of Bennett said they used

"reckless abandon" in firing the coach

, a decision they say was hastily made. Bennett had been coaching the girl's softball team for 30 years.

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