Three candidates for the superintendent position at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School met with members of the school board, teachers, students and community members last Thursday.
The decision, which will be made by the school board, will come down to the following candidates: Brian Dineen, Susan Shene and Thomas Sincavage.
Dineen spoke about his many years working in the Cobleskill-Richmondville school district and stressed the importance of literacy education starting at a young age.
“Kids need to be read to and need to learn how to read well,” said Dineen, the current principal of Joseph B. Radez Elementary School in Cobleskill. “It is the foundation of education for our students.”
Dineen said the most important part of a superintendent’s role is “first and foremost student safety.” He said it is important to make sure the students are safe and loved at school and at home.
Dineen also said it is the superintendent’s responsibility to balance the “fiscal realities with the priorities of the school.”
“We need to figure out opportunities for our kids and not do that on the backs of taxpayers,” Dineen said.
When a community member asked how he would do this he said he would “listen to anyone and everyone.”
“My door is open and I’d like to speak with you,” Dineen said.
When asked why he is the best candidate for superintendent, Dineen said he will always be prepared and work tirelessly.
“I will have your kids in mind first,” Dineen said. “It’s not about you or me, it’s about the kids.”
The next to speak was Shene, the principal of Clifton-Fine Central School. She said her passion is working in “small rural schools, where everyone works as a team.”
Shene said she has no interest in working in a big suburban or urban school where her office would not be in the school building because she wants the students and staff to know her.