Superintendent Search update

The search for the next leader of Monticello is entering its next phase – interviews. The Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC), hired by the district to conduct the search, received 17 applications in response to its posting. The WNYESC then used the criteria established through Board of Education insight and community feedback to narrow the pool of candidates. Ultimately, four of the 17 candidates have been chosen to move forward to the next step in this process.

“This posting was distributed nationally, and we were pleased to see an increase in the number of educational leaders who are interested in joining us at Monticello,” Board President Lori Orestano-James said.  “I think that speaks to the thoroughness of WNYESC search process as well as the diverse educational opportunities available at our district.”  

The Board of Education and a group of stakeholders, including two students, have met individually with representatives of WNYESC to prepare for the interview process. In late February, the Board and the stakeholder committee will interview these four candidates individually to determine who will move forward to the second round of interviews. The second round of interviews will begin in mid-March and the Board expects to announce the next superintendent in mid-April, with the successful candidate starting July 1 or sooner.

“Once again I want to extend my thanks to all of the residents and stakeholders who shared their invaluable feedback with the WNYESC,” Ms. Orestano-James said. “The Board is committed to a thoughtful and diligent selection process to bring our community an experienced, skilled and effective leader who will help shape the future of Monticello.”

For more information about the Superintendent Search, please visit our Superintendent Search webpage.