South Jefferson names new superintendent, effective Jan. 1

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Jul. 28—ADAMS — Christina Chamberlain has been appointed superintendent of the South Jefferson Central School District, chosen out of a few candidates who made it to the final rounds of deliberations after community input.

The appointment was made during the school board's meeting Wednesday evening.

Mrs. Chamberlain currently serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Indian River Central School District and will begin her role at South Jefferson on Jan. 1, replacing current South Jefferson Superintendent Scott B. Slater.

It is unclear what Mrs. Chamberlain's salary will be. According to the 2021-22 New York State School Administrator Salary Disclosure from the state Education Department, Mr. Slater's salary for the school year was $154,891, with $51,595 in benefits.

Mrs. Chamberlain previously served as pre-K to grade 12 curriculum director, assistant supervisor of federal programs and special education, and a high school special education teacher at Indian River. Mrs. Chamberlain is a graduate of Syracuse University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and textual studies. She her master's degree in education from LeMoyne College and her certificate of advanced study in building and district leadership from SUNY Oswego.

A longtime resident of Jefferson County, Mrs. Chamberlain moved to the South Jefferson district in 2006 and lives with her family in Worth. She has been a participant as well as a presenter for professional development at the regional, state and national levels and following her appointment, stated she "is excited and honored to serve the students, families, community, and South Jefferson board of education," according to a release from the district.

Out of the office Thursday, Mrs. Chamberlain was not available for additional comments on her new appointment.

For aiding in the search for a new superintendent, the school board thanked Jefferson-Lewis BOCES District Superintendent Stephen Todd and his staff for their time and efforts in organizing applicant packets, developing a time line and interview schedules, and advising on procedure. The board also thanked school faculty, staff, the student body and the community members who provided the board with comments on each of its candidates.