AVON — The Avon Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) has named two finalists for the district’s next Superintendent.
According to a press release from Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, the two finalists are Karrie Schiavone, a Principal at Holley Elementary Schoool, and Aaron Johnson, Ed.D, a Principal at Byron Bergen Junior/Senior High School. Both have been named the finalists for the Superintendent position to be vacated by retiring superintendent Bruce Amey.
“We are extremely pleased with the quality of the finalists selected by the group of stakeholders, which consisted of the Board, staff, faculty, students, and community members,” Rodney George, President of the Avon Central School District’s Board of Education. “The field of candidates was diverse, which made the decision very difficult. We are confident that one of these candidates will be the best Superintendent for our school district and community.”
The release says:
Schiavone is currently the Principal of Holley Elementary School, a position she has held since 2012. From 2002 until 2012, she served as the Director of Instruction and Special Programs for Holley Central Schools (HCS). Prior to that, Schiavone served as Elementary Principal of the Warren P. Towne School in Medina, New York. From 1995 until 1999, Schiavone served as an Intermediate Teacher at HCS, and in many supervisory roles including Elementary Science Coordinator and District Social Studies Curriculum Writer. Schiavone began her career in education in 1994 as a teacher for the Bethel Head Start in Buffalo, New York. Throughout her career Schiavone has served in many leadership capacities. She currently oversees a number of committees at HCS including the district’s Technology, Safety and Health/Wellness Committees, as well as the APPR Committee. She has a broad scope of fiscal management at HCS including developing and managing budgets and grants for a multitude of district programs and services.
She holds a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Buffalo, and a master’s degree in education from The College at Brockport. Schiavone earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from The College at Brockport and also holds a New York State School District Administrator Certificate.
Dr. Johnson is the Principal of Byron-Bergen Junior/Senior High School, where he has served since 2010. Johnson began his career in 1998 as a biology and earth science teacher at Gates Chili High School. In 2008, he became Assistant Principal at Gates Chili High School where he led a number of initiatives. He collaborated with K-12 English Language Arts faculty to create a K-12 scope and sequence by grade level based upon skill and concept development. In his current position, where he serves 500 students, Johnson’s focus has included building the academic program, culture and community by implementing curriculum and instruction that concentrates on college and career readiness. His instructional leadership includes establishing a common definition for building curriculum, a process for regular review and a common web-based space for student, parent and staff access and transparency to building documents. He earned a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree as well as a certificate of Advanced Studies–Educational Administration from The College at Brockport. Johnson earned his doctorate degree in Educational Administration from The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. In 2015, he completed the New York State Superintendent’s Development Program at the State University of New York at Oswego.
Schiavone and Johnson will visit the district on September 22 and 23, respectively. On each of these days there will be community meet and greets from 4-5:00 p.m. in the High School Library. Final interviews with the Board of Education will conclude each candidate’s visit. The anticipated start date for the new Superintendent is mid-November 2015.
Kevin MacDonald, District Superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, who is acting as search consultant, said the Board has developed and implemented a rigorous and transparent process that will help determine the best candidate.