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Who will be the next exempt employee in City Hall?

With the deputy superintendent's resignation pending and more central office resignations on the way in the next few weeks, there's heavy speculation in City Hall regarding one particular exempt position: the associate superintendent for human resources.

Valerie DeBerry stepped down a few weeks ago as executive director of human resources, you might recall. In that position, she was making $110,000 a year.

Well, when the resulting vacancy was posted, it was posted slightly differently, as an associate superintendent position. Several people have suggested to me that that change in title will also bring an upward change in the related salary.

That remains to be seen. In the posting, the salary was listed merely as "negotiable."

But the existing associate superintendents each make about $133,000.

What we do know for sure is that the top job in human resources is open, and that's one position that the superintendent plans to fill. Countless people, including several in City Hall, have made a point of noting to me what rough shape the h.r. department is in. And that's a much more polite way to describe it than what I've heard from most people.

At any rate, everybody's waiting to see who will land that new associate superintendent gig. Seeing as a number of issues won't be resolved until someone's tapped to lead that department, the superintendent told me he expects to name someone to the h.r. job by July 1.

Stay tuned.

- Mary Pasciak

E-mail me at mpasciak@buffnews.com or follow me on Follow  SchoolZoneBlog on Twitter Twitter. Check out the Buffalo News' education page at www.buffalonews.com/schools.

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