In July, Westfield Academy and Central Schools and Superintendent Mark Sissel parted ways. Before doing so, however, Sissel received a $113,667 lump-sum payment from the district.
Today, Sissel holds the interim superintendent position at the Carthage School District near Watertown. His hiring came after the school board there reviewed a batch of concerns that played some role in Sissel leaving the Westfield district.
Most public of those issues included the former superintendent turning in false mileage reports and receipts for Christmas toys, which the Westfield district reimbursed.
But Carthage seems confident about turning the page with their new leader. Michael P. Chevier, Carthage school board president, told the Watertown Daily Times that Sissel, who was never charged with any crime, was proven innocent by an audit investigation.
Additionally, Chevier told the newspaper that Westfield’s Board of Education president was sad to see Sissel leave the superintendent position and highly recommended him for the job.
In his new post, Sissel is compensated at $400 a day and replaces Jan B. LaRock, who resigned, the Watertown paper reported, due to “ethical reasons.”
Isn’t that ironic?