Superintendent search begins in Forestville

FORESTVILLE – The search begins in Forestville Central School to find a new superintendent.

Board of education members will hold an executive session today at 6 p.m. in the high school library to further discuss this matter.

Board president Sylves-ter Cleary during a phone interview told the OB-SERVER they will discuss whether they will be working with Erie 2 BOCES Superintendent Dr. David O’Rourke to help them find a replacement for Superin-tendent Charles Leichner, who will be transferring to Cassadaga Valley’s top administrator position.

“At this point, we don’t really know,” Cleary answered, when asked if he would consider sharing a superintendent with Silver Creek, or another school.

“I am really happy for him (Leichner),” Cleary said. “He is an excellent superintendent, and I wish him well in his new job.”

“He is an outstanding superintendent, and we hate to lose him,” he continued. “We (Forestville Central) are known for grooming people, and having the bigger schools come and take them.”

Cleary is confident the school will be able to find someone in the near future.

“We have a good board, strong culture, and we will continue to follow the culture we have established,” he said.

The next regular school board meeting will be held July 10, at 6 p.m. in the high school library. Cleary said he plans to do something special for Leichner, since it will be his last meeting.

Leichner recently was appointed the new superintendent of Cassadaga Valley, and will begin his term there Aug. 1.

According to O’Rourke, if a superintendent is not found before the start of a school year, schools have the options of having an interim superintendent, who will hold the position until a full search is conducted for a permanent superintendent.

“Cassadaga Valley had a community leadership role, which was unique and interesting,” he said. “They brought in business people in the community and parents to help with the interviews.”

O’Rourke added that often, boards feel it is important to involve the community when choosing its leader.

“Cassadaga Valley did a fine job reducing the pool of finalists,” he said.