Sudden Resignation

SINCLAIRVILLE – Scott Smith has resigned as Cassadaga Valley superintendent following questions about his “interactions with another district employee.”

The Board of Education accepted Smith’s resignation at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The superintendent’s resignation coupled with an undisclosed agreement with high school Principal Dr. Tara DiDomenico leaves the district’s leadership in flux.

Nearly three hours after the board convened to enter executive session, members returned to the middle/high school’s multi-purpose room to move on a resolution to accept Smith’s resignation, which went into effect Monday. Following the unanimous approval of the resolution, a prepared statement, which also referenced the agreement with DiDomenico was read by board President Carl Perry.

“The Board of Education tonight approved and accepted the resignation of superintendent of schools Scott Smith, which followed the district’s consideration of circumstances that arose relating to Mr. Smith’s interactions with another district employee,” Perry said.

Smith signed a five-year contract in May 2011 at an annual salary of $131,500.

“The board also approved an agreement between the district and high school Principal Dr. Tara DiDomenico, the terms of which the board is not able to disclose at this time,” Perry continued.

DiDomenico was hired in July 2012 after serving as house 1 principal 1 at Orchard Park High School for four years prior. Her CVCS position was classified as a 12-month position, subject to a two-year probationary period, at an annual salary of $88,000.

“During the course of its consideration of these matters, the Board of Education, at all times, was committed to taking whatever actions were necessary to protect the interests of the district – its students, staff and taxpayers – and the board consulted regularly with its legal counsel, as well as its BOCES district Superintendent, Dr. David O’Rourke.”

Following the meeting, the district announced the hiring of former Sherman superintendent Thomas Schmidt of Jamestown, as interim superintendent effective immediately through June 30, 2014.

Other than to offer his approval, O’Rourke was unable to comment on the details behind the decision of the board.

“I have full confidence in the way that the Cassadaga Valley Board of Education has handled itself in this matter,” O’Rourke said.

Smith, who lives in Cassadaga with his wife and family, also served as the district’s high school principal from 1993-97.

“It was not an easy decision (to leave Clymer),” Smith said of his 2011 appointment. “I very much enjoyed my time at Cassadaga, and in the back of my mind wondered if I could return. This is a good opportunity and I look forward to serving our district for many years to come.”