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The Times
  • Miller named new Herkimer superintendent

  • Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School Superintendent Robert Miller has been selected as the new superintendent of the Herkimer Central School District. Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua, who served as the superintendent search consultant, ma...
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  • Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School Superintendent Robert Miller has been selected as the new superintendent of the Herkimer Central School District.
    Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua, who served as the superintendent search consultant, made the announcement Wednesday in a news release. The appointment of a permanent superintendent at Herkimer follows a stretch of interim superintendents and school merger votes.
    The Herkimer school board selected Miller on Feb. 26 and plans to officially appoint him on March 13, according to Vivacqua.
    Miller is expected to start with the district sometime in May.
    His contract is for three years, and he will earn a salary of $125,000 per year.
    Miller said he is proud of everything Cherry Valley-Springfield accomplished during the past four years, and he will miss the students, staff and faculty.
    He also said he is looking forward to working with all the stakeholder groups in the Herkimer Central School District to ensure continuous improvement of the district’s programs and face the challenges that lie ahead as a unified community.
    “I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Miller said during a telephone interview Wednesday. “I think the district has a lot of potential and has a lot of room to grow. I’m a resident of the district,” he added, “and I think that working together we can achieve a lot of great things in the district.”
    He did not have a fixed date yet when he is to start in Herkimer.
    He thanked the Herkimer Board of Education for the opportunity and added, “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 - 2011 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 superintendent search process included an online survey, which 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.
    Page 2 of 2 - A community forum with the candidates took place on Feb. 25. A committee of community members helped interview the candidates and the general public had the opportunity to ask questions.
    The Herkimer Board of Education conducted final interviews during a meeting on Feb. 26, when they selected Miller.
    Herkimer isn’t the only district that has been involved in a superintendent search lately.
    Last month, the Mount Markham Board of Education selected Shawn Bissetta as the school district’s new superintendent. Bissetta, the current junior-senior high school principal in the Port Byron Central School District, is expected to start with Mount Markham on May 1.
    Mount Markham’s superintendent search started in late October 2012, after then-Superintendent Casey Barduhn announced he was leaving the district at the end of the calendar year to become superintendent of the Westhill Central School District. Retired Ilion Superintendent Robert Service was appointed by the board of education to fill in on an interim basis starting on Jan. 1.
    The Richfield Springs Central School District began its search for a new superintendent in December and named Vivacqua to serve as search consultant. It is anticipated the field of applicants will be trimmed to two or three finalists by sometime in mid-April and a new superintendent will begin July 1. Current Superintendent Robert Barraco will retire from the district at the end of the school year. He has been with the district since January 2003.
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