Cherry Valley-Springfield School District remains eager to find a permanent Superintendent for their district. Three candidates met with teachers, administrators, the Board of Education, parents, students and community members on Tuesday.
Mark Flower, of Long Island; Tim Ryan of Norwich and Larry Spangenburg of Falconer spoke at length about their strengths and what they would bring to CV-S.
Flower, who presented first, said that he began his career in the business of manufacturing and even obtained a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering. After being downsized he said he realized he wanted to focus on a career working with people.
Flower went back to school in order to be certified to teach Middle School Technology Education and Chemistry and later earned his certificate to be an administrator. He has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance in the Levittown School District for the past 8 years.
“This would be a great place for me to make a difference,” he said about Cherry Valley. “This is a beautiful place to live but you still have challenges.”
He noted the declining enrollment and the gap between property tax and the cost of education as some of the major difficulties facing CV-S.
Flower also said that he has developed a data driven strategic plan for CV-S and plans to utilize that to drive the district forward.
He said that it’s important for teachers to use the “time on task” approach to utilize all of their time to teach the students.
One of the primary topics discussed by all three candidates was the shift to common core education in New York State.
“I look at common core as a shift in the way that teachers present information,” Flower said. “Teachers need to dig deeper now.”
“The tests provide a benchmark against other students and other schools. The challenge is that there’s too much focus on the tests,” Flower continued.