By Amanda Renko

The Waverly Central School District board of education Thursday accepted the resignation of superintendent Joseph Yelich, who recently accepted another position.

Yelich's resignation will be effective no later than Aug. 19, allowing for a 60-day grace period, said board president Dr. Joseph Picco. Yelich is leaving the district after two years to accept a superintendent position with the Oneonta Central School District.

Yelich would like to be released earlier than August 19 if possible to begin his duties in Oneonta, Picco said. The board continues to search for an interim superintendent and will hold a formal search with assistance from the Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

The board also approved the reallocation of two elementary school teaching positions to the middle school. One math and one English teacher may be added to the middle school because of a retirement and the elimination of a fourth grade section, Yelich said. Fourth-grade class sizes will remain at about 22 students, he said.

The additional teachers will help the school meet Common Core standards and will allow for more flexibility in the schedule, Yelich said.

On behalf of the board, Picco also publicly thanked board member Ron Perry for five years of service. Perry, who chose not to run for his seat this year, did not attend Thursday's meeting but will be honored in the future, Picco said.

Kristi Zimmer will fill Perry's seat when the board reorganizes July 11.

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