By JOHN BORGOLINI
GLOVERSVILLE - The city school district announced this morning Michael Vanyo will be the new superintendent of the district.
Vanyo, who has been superintendent at the Liberty Central School District in Sullivan County, was chosen by the Board of Education over Christine Crowley of the Duanesburg Central School District, who school board President Pete Semione said was a "very close second."
"It was unanimous by the board," Semione said. "We just felt that Vanyo's personality and style would be a good fit for Gloversville."
Vanyo, originally from Saratoga Springs, will replace Interim Superintendent Clifford Moses, who has held the position since Robert DeLilli left to take the Johnstown school superintendent position last August.
In addition to his superintendent position at Liberty, Vanyo had served as assistant superintendent for business at Liberty and the business administrator for the Lake George Central School District and Hoosic Valley Central School District.
Semione said the district will work closely with the new superintendent to increase the district's graduation rate.
"Graduation rate is a top priority on the board because we're embarrassed. Also, getting our schools off the list that need improvement and really to help common core standards ... on top of everything else, that's our priority list," Semione said.
The board will begin negotiations with Vanyo regarding his salary and benefits, district officials said. The district hopes to appoint him next week or at a July 2 board meeting.
Vanyo is expected to start Sept. 1, officials said. He was unavailable for comment this morning.
This is the second person the board has come to an agreement with. In the district's previous search for a superintendent, the board chose Monticello Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Newman, but the plan fell through over a residency issue.
During that search, the school board was requiring the new superintendent to live in the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services district.
"It was a matter of [changing] his mind," Moses said today. "During the interview process, he said he would move. After the second round of the interview process, he started to negotiate the residency. The board thought that it was an inappropriate way of dealing with it."
This time, the board members did not require residency in the BOCES district.
"They said even though residency is preferred, it's not going to be a deal breaker," Moses said. "They would prefer the person live in the district, but where the person rested their head at night was not going to be a factor."