Cassadaga Valley teams up with BOCES in superintendent search

SINCLAIRVILLE – BOCES will be helping Cassadaga Valley in its search for a new school superintendent.

During the Cassadaga Valley Board of Education meeting, Erie 2 BOCES District Superintendent David O’Rourke addressed the board with his proposal to allow BOCES to find the new superintendent for Cassadaga Valley.

“The first decision you need to make is to determine who you want as your search agent, ” he began. “BOCES offers this for free; if you hire me I will offer my services for free.”

O’Rourke said he would do this to help serve the community and build a good relationship with the residents.

“I work very hard with these searches,” he said. “It is very close to my heart.”

O’Rourke said he believes it might be good to involve the students in on the decision.

“We might want a student committee. That sometimes helps and we can train the students,” he said. “It is nice to have their opinion.”

The board would have to be involved from start to finish, side by side, in the process.

“You all (the board members) need to be responsible and see all the candidates,” O’Rourke continued. “If we offer confidentiality we need to keep it, and we will get more applicants in doing this.”

O’Rourke explained the board members have five to six months to find a new superintendent so they need to work fast. “I would be the point of contact for the applicant and I would like to put the word out over a months time to give applicants enough time to apply,” he said.

O’Rourke has done a search for five other schools and is currently searching for Gowanda.

The board went into executive session to discuss the matter and afterwards they chose to appoint O’Rourke.

“We do this at no cost because it helps us to know the community more deeply and provides to our schools what will best serve their needs,” he said.

O’Rourke said one of their goals has always been leadership.

“One of the goals of BOCES is to help promote leadership,” he said.

The board’s goal is to have someone appointed as the new superintendent by the start of the next school year.

“Overall we are pleased to serve education,” O’Rourke said. “Right now I am gathering data and information to help the board have someone appointed by the summer.”

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