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Gary Mix chosen as Oswego interim superintendent of schools

Gary Mix has been appointed as the Oswego City School District interim superintendent of schools

The Oswego Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment at the June 18 regular meeting.

Mix said, “I am very pleased and excited to become a part of the Oswego City School District educational community. My approach to my responsibilities will not be to be a ‘placeholder” or to keep the superintendent’s seat ‘warm’ for the next superintendent. I want to contribute to implementation of effective practices that enhance outstanding student performance as well as a common vision for the future of our district.”

In his previous positions, Mix has provided the momentum for improvement.

He said, “During the course of my tenure as superintendent of schools in Pembroke, we were successful in establishing a team approach that allowed our students performance to consistently and significantly improve. With everyone working together we were able to move from being in the bottom third of Genesee County to be ranked as the highest performing school district in our three-county area.”

Continuing he noted, “As an educational team we were able to establish a tight and consistent focus on our prioritized action plan that resulted in success being earned and celebrated by students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, Board of Education and community members.”

There will be priorities that Mix will be focusing on.

He explained, “I will be seeking input to ensure that we have correctly identified the most urgent needs. I believe that well intentioned people, working together can develop solutions to most challenges and issues.”

He also noted, “After reviewing considerable data on the district, some areas that I anticipate having discussions about would be academic procedures that might have an impact on four-year graduation rates and sub-group categories on state assessments. But to be clear these are topics that most school districts review and discuss on an annual basis. We want a mindset that we are never satisfied and that we are continually striving for excellence.”

Christopher Todd, Oswego BOCES district superintendent, has been assisting the Oswego Board of Education with a search for a new superintendent.

The effort is currently underway to proceed with seeking a replacement for current Superintendent of Schools William Crist.

It is anticipated that the applications will be submitted by August 30th and the board will move forward.

Todd has worked with Mix in the past and has the utmost respect for his colleague.

He said, “Gary has had great successes and his focus will be on academics. In conversation and decision-making Gary will always have the students first. What is best for the students will be his focus point.”

Oswego Board of Education member Lynda Sereno is looking forward to the continued search for a new superintendent. However, she is extremely satisfied with the new interim who will be leading the district.

“We are fortunate to have Gary Mix, a retired superintendent, still involved at various levels in public education, and who throughout his career has demonstrated transformational leadership skills to support our on-going efforts to bring Oswego back to a district of excellence,” she said.

Sereno noted that the process is moving forward.

“By hiring an interim superintendent, it allows the board of education and stakeholders time to seek out an outstanding educational leader to fill the position of Superintendent of Schools here in Oswego.”

Most recently, Mix has been involved in professional project work involving the New York State Professional Performance Review for Superintendents and principals of the 22 component school districts for Genesee Valley Project Partnership.

Previously he served for 10 years as superintendent of schools for the Pembroke Central School District in Corfu, was principal at Albion High School, a junior-senior high school principal at Mt. Morris as well several other educational positions.

Mix will commence his duties in the Oswego City School District Tuesday, July 2.

Three reports presented at Oswego school board meeting

The Oswego Board of Education met Sept. 25 and heard three reports.

Dr. Linda Doty, Dr. Dean Goewey and Mary Volkomer, Oswego elementary school principals, presented a report involving protocol for responding to at-school incidents of violence.

Their overview explained the duties and responsibilities of school district employees and also the responsibilities toward the victim and the alleged aggressor. It was also stressed that these guidelines include documentation and building safety practices.

Craig Dailey of King & King Associates presented an overview of the Phase 3b capital project as well as the 2012 capital project that was approved by the voters in May. He talked about the timetable of the projects and provided a tentative time table for each.

Terri Daino-Delahunt was also presenting to the board as she reviewed the success and impact of the Bookmobile as it toured the district throughout the summer months.

In the area of instruction, approval was given for the Oswego High School Marching Buccaneers to travel to Newark, N.J. and MetLife Stadium from October 12-14 to compete in the U.S. Bands Yamaha Cup Invitational.

Meanwhile among the personnel items the board accepted the resignation of technology teacher Stephen Cass and computer club advisor Rory Malone and appointed Ken Kern as a co-team leader for technology and home and career skills.

Probationary appointments included part time school monitor Michele Carson and grounds workers Joseph Scharf and Harry Bickford.

Theresa Verdoliva was named as a provisional custodian and David Elen as a temporary head automotive mechanic. Jo Ellen Smith was given permanent appointment as a senior account clerk-typist.

The board also approved $8,000 for obligations supporting the district web site and provided allowance for A.R.C. of Oswego to be added to the list for use of school district facilities.