The Sidney Central School District has announced the appointment of high school principal Eben Bullock to the role of superintendent.
Bullock was approved for a three-year contract at the June school board meeting and will assume the role effective July 1, according to district officials.
He will succeed William Christensen, who has served as superintendent for the past eight years and announced his resignation in January.
“We are proud to appoint Eben to this position,” said board president Kerri Green. “We’ve had the chance to watch him grow as a principal. We’re happy that he will be able to continue the programs and initiatives started by Dr. Christensen, and excited to see him take those to the next level and to see what new ideas he’ll bring to our students and community.”
Bullock said his primary goal is to continue to build relationships with community partners, business partners and staff.
“I’ve been part of this transformation for 10 years,” he said. “When I first started, the district was not academically performing well, and there weren’t a lot of program opportunities for students.”
The district now offers 29 different college courses available for students and earlier this month unveiled a new partnership with the Raymond Corporation, he said.
Bullock said he was not actively pursuing a superintendency and would have gladly remained as principal had he not been appointed to the position.
“As principal, it was hard not to embrace this,” he said. “I believe in the district, I believe in the students, and I believe in the community.”
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