Board of Education Chairman Thomas Scozzafava said there is $20,000 in the school budget to conduct a search for a new superintendent, but he and other board members see no reason to use it right now. They are pleased with the job Paddyfote has done, so much so, the board isn't even looking. "It's not something the board has discussed," Scozzafava said. "Dr. Paddyfote agreed to stay on this fiscal year." Paddyfote took on the superintendent's duties and went on administrative leave from her position as assistant superintendent of student affairs, where she worked to coordinate and direct special education and student services among other duties. Some of Paddyfote's assistant superintendent duties were delegated to Adele Johnson , the district's special education director. Johnson will take on more responsibilities this year. Later in the year, Scozzafava said he hopes the board will be able to talk to Paddyfote about taking over the superintendent's position permanently. Paddyfote, who could not be reached for comment on Tuesday, took on the job after Superintendent Raymond Avery agreed to a contract buyout with the school board in July 2002. She has been with New Milford Public Schools More for youNewsPaddyfote hired as superintendentNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT)NewsPaddyfote chosen for permanent postNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT)NewsCenter school principal resignsNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT)NewsNew Milford likely to name school chiefNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT)NewsDistricts scramble to find teachersNews-Times, The (Danbury, CT) since 1980 when she joined the staff as director of pupil personnel and special services. "She stayed for the good of New Milford and the good of the students," Scozzafava said. "We would love to have her full time, but it's her choice. We've had a good relationship with her and the staff respects her." Vice chairman Wendy Faulenbach said in her three years on the board, she has been extremely impressed with Paddyfote's work. Faulenbach said there is no limit on how long a district can use an interim superintendent as long as the person named to the job has his or her certification. "Her ability to facilitate information evenly and in a timely manner is very important," Faulenbach said. "Her role is to uphold the board's policies and decisions and she does that very well." "When I know she's handling an issue, I don't worry much," Faulenbach said. "I think she's extremely intelligent and capable of handling a crisis and intercepting a crisis." Board member Robert Coppola said he has not heard of anyone being upset with how Paddyfote is handling the job. "People may disagree with things, but she seems to be very well-respected," Coppola said. "She's always been very quick to respond to our questions and willing to do what she can to supply information." Coppola also said Paddyfote has been honest and fair with the school board and it will be the board's decision to bring her into the job permanently. "She came into a tough job," Coppola said. "We were trying to save programs, not build programs. She's been in the schools and active in attending programs, people have access to her when they want it." Board member David Lawson Contact Kamilla Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (860) 354-2274.