CASSADAGA – Cassadaga Valley School Superintendent Scott Smith resigned from his post, and an interim superintendent, Thomas Schmidt, was hired late Tuesday night by the School Board.
Jeff Swiatek of the Hodgson Russ law firm, who was hired to speak for the district, confirmed that the board asked for Smith’s resignation due to his relationship with an employee.
He said that person has not been named.
Also Tuesday, High School Principal Tara DiDomenico requested a leave of absence. Schmidt said the action was left open-ended without a date for her return.
Swiatek said DiDomenico will be paid during her leave.
Schmidt, the new superintendent, said he was not sure if the two situations are related, and he did not have all the facts surrounding the resignation and leave.
Schmidt was the superintendent at the Sherman Central School District until August 2012, when he retired.
He said that he received a phone call over the weekend telling him that the job may be available and that he agreed to help out.
“I am looking forward to working with the board, teachers, staff and parents here at Cassadaga,” he said.
Schmidt said he wants to help the district move forward after whatever the disruptions were that caused issues at the school.
The Cassadaga district includes prekindergaten through grade 12 with an elementary school in Sinclairville. About 1,100 students are enrolled in the district.
The action by board members was taken at a special meeting and was handled in executive session.
School Board President Carl Perry said he would not comment further on the situation.
The board’s next regular meeting is Monday.
It is expected that the board will take action to establish a search committee to look for a permanent replacement for Smith.