GLOVERSVILLE - Frank Pickus, a longtime employee of the Gloversville Enlarged School District, will be the district's interim assistant superintendent until the district finds a replacement for former Assistant Superintendent Roger Rooney.
Rooney retired in late June after 20 years with the district, six of them as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
The Board of Education unanimously appointed Pickus to the interim position Monday. He will begin working as the assistant superintendent Sept. 1.
He previously had been the district's data coordinator and had worked closely with Rooney, said Superintendent Robert Delilli.
"He and Mr. Rooney collaborated on many things," Delilli said. "[Pickus] knows the student data inside and out, and he worked well with Mr. Rooney to make program and curriculum decisions based on data."
As the district's data coordinator, Pickus collected and analyzed student data such as test scores and demographics, and he helped the district make decisions based on the data.
Pickus is certified as a school administrator, Delilli said. Pickus has been with the district for about 20 years and has been the district's data coordinator for about three, Delilli said.
"One of the pieces we looked at was the relationship [Pickus] established with Mr. Rooney," Delilli said. "He and Mr. Rooney speak the same language."
Pickus will remain in the position no later than June 30, 2009. That will give the district a full school year to find a long-term replacement for Rooney, Delilli said.
"We will post the position and begin searching [around December]," Delilli said. He said the new permanent assistant superintendent could start by fall 2009.
Delilli said he is confident Pickus will do a good job in the interim.
"Based on his knowledge of the district, there will be continuity in our program," Delilli said. "I think he will do well."
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