Allegany County schools are seeing turnover problems at their upper levels as half of the school districts replaced their superintendents this year.
Of the 12 Allegany County school districts, half have superintendents with less than six months at the helm. Of those, only two are permanent additions, with Fillmore Superintendent Ravo Root and Canaseraga Superintendent Kelly Houck each signing on at the beginning of the school year.
Four interim superintendents are leading districts, with elementary school principal Robert Mountain at Bolivar-Richburg; middle school principal Carlos Gildemeister at Cuba-Rushford; Michael O’Brien at Genesee Valley; and former Whitesville Superintendent Charles Cutler, who served through most of the 1990s and early 2000s, returning to an interim post at the district for a second time in the past decade.
Of the remaining superintendents, half began just two school years ago. Those superintendents are Alfred-Almond Superintendent Richard Calkins, Scio Superintendent Tracie Preston and Wellsville Superintendent Kimberly Mueller.
Only a quarter of the county’s school district superintendents have had their posts longer than two years. Andover Superintendent William Berg is the elder statesman of the group, starting in 2002. Friendship Superintendent Maureen Donahue started in 2005, while Belfast Superintendent Judy May took over in 2007.
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