By Meghan McCaffrey Contributing Writer
---- — Cherry Valley — The Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School Board of Education is engaged in an extensive search for a new superintendent of schools. But in the meantime the school is being led by interim superintendent Richard Rose.
Rose was appointed to the position during a board of education meeting on April 18. He served as the deputy superintendent from April 23 to May 10 and became the interim superintendent on May 11.
Rose said he was the superintendent in Canajoharie for more than 23 years before retiring in December of 2011.
“Cherry Valley is a wonderful quaint community that has been very welcoming towards me,” Rose said. “I feel very lucky to be here.”
Rose said he is taking time to meet the students by reading to the elementary school students and eating with older students at lunch.
“The students come right up to me and introduce themselves,” Rose said. “Someone taught them to be great ambassadors for their community.”
Rose said it is not the goal of an interim superintendent to start new initiatives.
“As an interim superintendent, the biggest job is to hold down the fort and keep the place running,” Rose said.
The target date for hiring a new superintendent is by Sept.1, 2013 so the new superintendent will be situated before the start of the next school year. If the search continues past that date, Rose said, “I’ll stay as long as they need me.”
The Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES is conducting the search for a permanent superintendent. CV-S district residents will get the chance to interview superintendent candidates, according to Rose.
A pool of 22 candidates will be narrowed to three finalists who will be interviewed by different employee groups, as well as community members on Thursday, June 27. Any resident of the school district interested in participating in this interview process may volunteer by emailing the board clerk, Laura Carson, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling the district office at 264-9332, extension 501.
All community members may meet the final three candidates on the evening of Thursday, June 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each candidate will introduce him/herself, talk about why he/she wants to come to the Cherry Valley-Springfield School District, and what he/she can do for the district. Each will also answer questions from the audience.
The board of education will consider the input of all participants in the interview process and choose a final candidate in July with a projected start date of Sept. 1, according to a media release from the school.