Retired Galway Central School District Superintendent Clifford Moses today accepted the interim superintendent position at the Gloversville Enlarged School District, less than two weeks before the new school year kicks off on Sept. 7.
The Board of Education approved his appointment this morning, filling the role just more than two months after former Superintendent Robert DeLilli announced he was leaving the district to lead the nearby Johnstown school district.
"I'm excited and I think Gloversville people are excited about it as well," Moses said. "I'm excited to go in and do what I can to keep Gloversville going and to help them correct some things that need to be corrected."
Moses, 60, will serve as interim superintendent until March 2, according to his contract. But school board president Pete Semione said the board would seek to extend it if the district cannot find a permanent superintendent by then.
"We're hoping to have someone sooner than later, before March hopefully," Semione said. "But we're trying to give him that much time to do the work he needs to do."
Moses worked his way up from a business education teacher to assistant principal, principal and eventually superintendent during his years as an educator. He led Galway schools as superintendent from January 2003 to December 2009, when he retired. Since then he has remained in education in one respect or another.
Through the New York State School Boards Association, he has consulted with various school districts to develop strategic plans. In addition, his familiarity with new state requirements under the Annual Professional Performance Review for teachers and administrators will benefit the school district, Semione said.
"His experience and his knowledge were excellent," Semione said. "Really, his personality seemed to blend with ours -- his beliefs, his direction, his goals, even as an interim, kind of matched what the district needs to do."
The board narrowed the candidate pool for the temporary position down to three in early July, and conducted interviews in the last week and a half. Board members wouldn't release the names of the other two top candidates, but said that one was from Amsterdam and another from Voorheesville.
Moses will earn a salary of $500 a day, which Semione said is a little bit less than what DeLilli made last year.
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