Future Of Shared Positions In Clymer, Panama Uncertain

CLYMER — Shared services between the Clymer and Panama school districts remain a question mark following last month’s failed bid to merge the districts.

Both districts have enjoyed shared services since 2013, when Lictus became the superintendent for both districts. In the past, schools in Clymer and Panama have shared a superintendent, director of technology, business official, typist, psychologist and a director of instruction. For the 2016-17 school year, there were six positions being shared between both districts.

Lictus resigned last week as superintendent of the Clymer School District, set to take effect Feb. 2. Clymer will need to fill the position going forward.

“What we’ll do as a district is meet with Dr. (David) O’Rourke, (Eire 2 BOCES superintendent), and see what steps we want to do going forward,” Lictus said. “There’s different options. We’ll see what the district wants to do.”

Currently, there are two other positions being shared between Clymer and Panama. Those include the director of technology and director of instruction, the latter of which is a Panama employee being shared in Clymer. The director of technology is a Clymer employee being shared at Panama.

During the 2016-17 school year, Panama paid $51,119 to Clymer for the director of technology position and Clymer paid $67,695 to Panama for the director of instruction position. While things will change as of February, in 2016-17, Clymer paid Panama $91,767 for the superintendent shared service.

Lictus would not speculate how his resignation might impact other shared positions between the school districts. “At this point in time my position is the only one affected,” he said.

Prior to Lictus’ resignation announcement last week, the Clymer School Board approved a motion to continue sharing sports teams.

An advisory referendum — also known as a straw vote — regarding the feasibility of consolidating school districts was soundly defeated by Clymer residents 186 in favor to 654 against. In Panama, the referendum passed 192 to 168.