Superintendent, staff move to middle school


JAY – If you’re looking for the superintendent of schools office, it’s not where it used to be.

Superintendent Robert Wall, Business Manager Stacie Everett and support staff member Kathy Murray moved last week to the Jay Middle School.

The entrance to the office is at the back of the building, near the middle school recess area and the soccer field.

Wall was working in his office Monday that overlooks the middle and high school parking lots while Everett was working in her office closest to the rear entrance and Murray in the adjacent office.

Fans were blowing on them trying to keep the hot air moving, but it was still pretty warm.

The windows in Wall’s office don’t allow for the insertion of an air conditioner to keep the work area cool during the summer.

The space is much smaller than the former central office near the elementary school in square footage, but Wall’s office is a little larger, though he now has the conference table in it, which used to be in another room and double as the lunch space.

The framed picture of his great-uncle Mike Kelly, a successful businessman in his day, has moved with him and now overlooks the conference table.

His picture has been in every office Wall has had.

“I just like the idea of having him around,” Wall said. “He’s been an inspiration.”

His office space was formerly used as a learning laboratory, which has been relocated to the high school.

“We are feeling this is going to be serviceable for us,” Wall said.

His office puts him closer to both the middle and high school, and students and teachers going to band or music will walk by his office.

The former central office will be used to house a pilot behavioral program for students in grades six through 11 from Jay and SAD 36, the latter serving Livermore and Livermore Falls.

The cooperative program with Evergreen Behavioral Services, estimated to cost $150,000 to be split between the school systems, is going to have a preventative approach toward special education students who have behavioral concerns.

The building will be used for instruction, and Jay will seek subsidy reimbursement for it, Wall said.

Joe Makley, curriculum coordinator/information technology director, has also moved from the Central Office to the high school. Special Services Director Tina Collins and secretary Stella Breton have moved to the elementary school.