V'ville searches for new superintendent for business

VOORHEESVILLE — In the midst of budget season, the Voorheesville School District welcomed back a familiar figure to help crunch numbers. Sarita Winchell, who had worked for the district for 37 years before retiring in 2011, returned as the interim assistant superintendent for business after Gregory Diefenbach left in late February. Diefenbach ended his career at Voorheesville after three years to take a position with the State Education Department; he formerly held a similar post at Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Superintendent Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder explained getting Winchell back, by saying, with a laugh, “Well, we called her and begged her.”

“For a part-time person she’s here a lot,” Thayer Snyder said of Winchell.

The job posting for the assistant superintendent for business position closed early this week, and Thayer Snyder said that interviews will begin in the next couple of weeks after résumés are sifted through.

“I’m very optimistic that we will be able to fill this position,” Thayer Snyder said, describing it as a “very busy” job.

The annual pay for the post is in the $90,000 to $110,000 range.

The assistant superintendent for business is responsible for all things related to purchases; he or she also supervises transportation and maintenance for the district.

“I’m really grateful Sarita came back,” Thayer Snyder said. “I think we’re going to come out of this budget and land on our feet.”

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