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Central Valley to appoint Tutty as interim superintendent

Central Valley Board of Education members have announced they intend to appoint former Ilion Superintendent Gary Tutty as interim superintendent of Central Valley during a special meeting on Monday, July 28.  He will serve as Central Valley interim superintendent through the end of 2014.

Tutty is an experienced school administration having served as superintendent of the Morris, Ilion and Putnam Valley school districts, as well as interim superintendent of West Canada Valley and Herkimer.

“I feel honored to be chosen to lead the Central Valley School District as it conducts its search for a new superintendent,” Tutty said. “Everyone involved in the first year of the consolidation has worked tirelessly to bring staff and students together into one dynamic school district dedicated to bringing the best possible programs to its students. I look forward to assisting in maintaining the momentum begun under the leadership of Dr. Tangorra, the board of education and the staff.”

At a special meeting on July 9, the Central Valley Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, who earlier that day took a position as New York State Education Department deputy commissioner for the Office of P-12 Education. Tangorra was named Central Valley’s superintendent following the Ilion-Mohawk school merger in 2012.

Central Valley board members plan to narrow their choices for superintendent to six finalists in September, select a permanent superintendent by Oct. 15, 2014, and have the new hire start with the district on Jan. 5, 2015.

“Gary Tutty is uniquely qualified to lead Central Valley at this critical moment,” Central Valley board President Steve Coupe said. “He has a distinguished record of effective leadership in his long career as a school administrator, a familiarity with many of the district’s staff and facilities through his time in Ilion, as well as a thorough understanding of the complexities of the merger study through his time at Herkimer. The board is completely confident in his ability to keep the new district moving forward as we enter our second year.”

During the Central Valley special meeting on July 9, the Board of Education named Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua as acting superintendent. Vivacqua guided the district through the process of finding an interim superintendent and will serve as a search consultant as the district looks to find a permanent superintendent.

District asks for community input on search for permanent hire

The board also established a process and timeline for the search – starting with an online survey asking Central Valley residents to weigh in on what they’re looking for in the new superintendent. The survey includes questions about experience and how important qualities such as leadership, community activity and public speaking are to residents.

A link to the survey can be found at or by going to the following web address: The survey must be completed by Friday, Aug. 1.

Central Valley board members also have committed to involving community residents in the interview process, and the board will soon be finalizing the details of how that will work.