“I want to thank the Herkimer Board of Education for this opportunity,” Miller said. “I believe by working together as a school community — and community as a whole — we will achieve the district’s mission of providing the educational opportunities that the children in this district will need to be college and career ready for the 21st century.”
Herkimer began searching for a permanent superintendent in November 2012 after district voters rejected a plan to merge with the Ilion and Mohawk school districts. Following the retirement of Carol Zygo at the end of the 2010-11 school year, Gary Tutty was hired as interim superintendent to shepherd the district during the merger study process. In October, district residents voted against merging with the Mohawk and Ilion school districts, and Tutty announced he would leave the district at the end of 2012. Former Dolgeville Superintendent Theodore Kawryga has been serving as the interim superintendent since the start of 2013.
The Herkimer Central School District Board of Education approved Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua as the superintendent search consultant. The next step in the search process was an online survey. The survey allowed community members to weigh in on the qualifications and experiences they were looking for in a superintendent candidate.
Finalists for the position visited the school district – touring the schools, having lunch with students and meeting with the interim superintendent, administrators, supervisors, teaching staff representatives and support staff representatives.
A community forum with the candidates took place on Feb. 25. At the forum, a committee of community members helped interview the candidates, and the general public was able to ask questions.
The Herkimer Board of Education conducted final interviews during a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, when they selected Miller.