Forestville Central selects interim superintendent

FORESTVILLE – Forestville Central School district is proud to introduce their interim superintendent for the upcoming school year.

The Forestville Board of Education held an executive session Monday evening to appoint Dr. Whitney Vantine as interim superintendent while it conducts a search with Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES District Superintendent Dr. David O’Rourke for a fulltime superintendent.

Effective Aug. 1, Vantine will replace Charles Leichner, who accepted the superintendent position at Cassadaga Valley Central School.

Vantine is a retired superintendent of schools who last served in the Tonawanda City School District. His career has been focused on student achievement and the school communities he has served. He is a resident of Youngstown, N.Y.

School board president Sylvester Cleary said the board of education had reduced the field of candidates to three before making a decision.

“We selected him (Vantine) because he is a team player,” he said. “He is a strong communicator, a very knowledgeable educator, and he will fit the bill for us. He will stand in until we can get a new superintendent.”

Cleary added it was a unanimous decision by the board members to appoint Vantine.

“He will fit in very well with the Forestville school family,” he said. “He has the positive attitude we are looking for here.”

“All superintendents are good; some just seem to fit certain districts well, and for us he fits like a glove,” Cleary said. “He was there (Tonawanda) for maybe five or six years as a superintendent. He has a very long resume. We will bring him in, and have him meet everyone he will be working with before his position is effective.”

The search for the new superintendent may take several months.

“We plan to give ourselves around five months to find one,” Cleary said.

“This is a realistic but aggressive time-wise,” O’Rourke added.

Until then the board is confident in Vantine leading the way for the school district.

“(Vantine) will continue to do positive things that Mr. Leichner started,” Cleary said. “We will move forward.”