New superintendent chosen for GESD


GLOVERSVILLE — Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Superintendent David Halloran will take over the role of superintendent for the Gloversville Enlarged School District on July 1, the GESD Board of Education announced Wednesday.

Halloran will replace Interim Superintendent Robert DeLilli who has led the district throughout the 2017-18 school year following the departure of former superintendent Michael Vanyo. Vanyo left the position at the end of the 2016-17 school year after accepting a post with the Ichabod Crane Central School District as superintendent.

Halloran, a 1992 graduate of Gloversville High School, will assume the position at GESD with a contract running through the 2021-22 school year.

Halloran has been the OESJ superintendent since 2015 and previously served as the principal of Fonda-Fultonville High School starting in 2007. Halloran also held the assistant principal position at Johnstown High School for two years and taught social studies at Tamarac High School and Ballston Spa High School.

Halloran graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in history. He also holds a master’s degree in education from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, and earned his School District Administrator certification from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Gloversville began the superintendent search this fall without selecting a final candidate. After reopening the search last month, the school board selected Halloran.

Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel assisted the district in coordinating the search. The service was provided free of charge, beyond the cost of advertising, as part of the statutory duties of BOCES to assist component school boards upon request.

Initially the superintendent position was posted with a number of jobs boards for an open search. Speaking today, Michel said that the board conducted a closed search for the second round.

Michel said that this option to receive applications confidentially is available to school boards and oftentimes sitting superintendents are more prone to submit without concern that the school districts they currently serve will be notified.

Speaking as both BOCES superintendent and a Gloversville resident, Michel said that Halloran was an ideal choice due to his connection to the community and his past work experience in OESJ following the merger of two school districts into the single district.

Michel said the OESJ school district was in disarray after the merger and Halloran was instrumental in restoring order following the combination of contracts, consolidation of resources and reactions from staff.

“He is an outstanding choice. I think David will bring all of the tools necessary to move Gloversville forward. I’m really looking forward to a new day in Gloversville,” Michel said. “He has a direct connection with the district as a graduate of the high school and he has the trust and confidence of the school board.”

GESD Board of Education President Robert Curtis echoed Michel’s comments speaking today, saying that after interviewing Halloran, the school board felt he would be an ideal fit in a community he is already familiar with, in a job he has the experience to fill.

Curtis did not have specific contract details available, but said that the school board should be voting on Holloran’s contract during the next board meeting on Monday.

“We’re proud to have selected one of our graduates to be the next Gloversville superintendent. Mr. Halloran knows our community and our schools, and we look forward to working with him as we continue to strengthen our educational program for all our students,” Curtis said in prepared statement accompanying district’s the announcement.