Oriskany Junior-Senior High School Principal Dan Myers has been chosen as the next superintendent at Richfield Springs Central School, according to a media release. He was chosen by the school’s board of education following final interviews Monday.
The appointment is effective July 1, following the retirement of current Superintendent Robert Barraco. The starting salary is $115,000 on the three-year contract.
“I am absolutely thrilled,” Myers said. He could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
“It will be a great honor to work together in a partnership with the school board, the community and the staff to provide the most positive, inspirational and stimulating education possible for the children of Richfield Springs. I will do my very best to repay the board’s trust with capable and dedicated leadership and look forward with great anticipation to becoming part of the historic Richfield Springs community.”
Richfield Springs Board of Education President Brad Smith said the board members are “pleased and excited” with the announcement.
“We believe Dan has a lot to offer our district and will be a good fit for our school and community,” Smith said. “We would also like to thank all of the stakeholders that participated in the selection process. Feedback from all of these individuals greatly assisted the Board of Education in making our final decision.”
Barraco has been with the district since January 2003. The school began the search process Dec. 2012. Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua served as the search consultant.
District residents participated in an online survey that helped determine the candidates who moved forward in the selection process, and semi-finalists were selected.
After interviewing five semi-finalists, the board of education chose the three finalists, who then visited the district and participated in a community forum April 15. The forum included interviews by a committee of district residents, and allowed for questions from the audience.