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March 6, 2014

New superintendent positive about Cherry Valley-Springfield

Three month into job, Ryan addressing challenges

By Meghan McCaffrey Contributing Writer
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Tim Ryan has served as the new superintendent for the Cherry Valley-Springfield School District for three months, and he has nothing but positive things to say about his new school.

“It’s been going very well,” said Ryan. “The whole Cherry Valley community has been very welcoming.”

This is Ryan’s first time serving in the superintendent role. Formerly, Ryan served as the building principal for the Otego Elementary School in the Unatego Central School district.

“It is a great role,” Ryan said. “I get to access education through many different channels.”

Ryan said the past three months have gone very well and he feels happy about his experience.

When he took over the role, he said he wanted to “listen and learn about what people wanted to change about CVSCS,” in order to properly address the challenges facing the district.

The major thing that people said needs fixing is the communication between the school and the community, he said. In the past three months, Ryan said he has taken several steps to fix the problems.

At 8 a.m. on March 14, Ryan is inviting parents and community members to have “coffee with the superintendent.” 

Ryan also said he writes a column in the school newsletter to address any topical issues that are in the news such as the Common Core.

Ryan also started an automated calling system to notify parents about upcoming events and to announce school closings or delays.

There is also an application that is being created for smart phones or tablets that is specific to CV-S. The app will list important current events, school closings and also the school calendar. Ryan said this would simplify the process of parents getting information about the school.

“It’s much easier to click on an app then to navigate through the website,” he said.

The app will be available towards the end of spring, he said.

Ryan said he also has been working towards more effective communication between staff members at the school. He revamped the daily bulletin for staff members.

Ryan said he has tried to think of “all those important pieces to make CV-S employees feel valued and that they have a voice in the way our school is going.”

Another key issue is the financial aspect of balancing the school’s budget.

“The budget is very tight,” Ryan said. “There just aren’t the financial resources to do what we need.”

“I’m trying to balance the needs and priorities with things that we want,” he continued.

However, the overall experience has been positive, Ryan said.

“I’ve enjoyed the challenges and look forward to building relationships with staff, students and community members.”

“There are a lot of great things happening here at CV-S,” Ryan continued.

Ryan said he is currently drafting the budget for the CV-S School District and it will be presented to the Board of Education on Thursday at 7 p.m. 

“Community members are welcome to attend,” Ryan said.