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Central Valley appoints new superintendent

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Board of Education President Stephen Coupe (left) congratulates the district’s next superintendent of schools Richard Hughes.

At a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 3, the Central Valley School District Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Richard Hughes as the district’s next superintendent of schools.

The board of education had narrowed the pool of applicants to two candidates, whom they brought forward on Oct. 8 for a series of meetings with various stakeholder groups and the community. The board considered both the board interviews and stakeholder community feedback in making its decision.

“We want to thank the community for its support through this process. We are confident we found the right person and are anxious to get started on this next step in our journey as Central Valley,” said Board of Education President Steve Coupe.

Mr. Hughes is the current superintendent of schools at Otselic Valley Central School District in Chenango County where he has served since July 2010. Previously, he served the Delhi Central School District as athletic director, middle school principal and high school principal. Prior to that, he was a biology/chemistry teacher in western New York.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and his Master of Science and his administrative certificate from SUNY Fredonia. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Education, which he expects to complete this winter.

In a brief interview, he shared his excitement in coming to Central Valley.

“This community voted overwhelming to merge school districts,” he said.

“That speaks volumes about their expectations for their children’s education. They don’t want the status quo. They want opportunities. I wouldn’t have come here if Central Valley weren’t a good district that wants to become even better. I see a great upside.”

He said his first order of business will be to meet with stakeholders to better understand what they envision for the district. That vision will help guide the district’s plan to align district infrastructure with educational goals. He also sees working with Assistant Superintendent Cindy Stocker and the teaching staff to improve instruction and student performance.

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Young Evan Hughes waits with his dad for the outcome of the board vote.

“This community cannot settle for limited opportunity and low expectations. Central Valley will improve because we make changes that offer an education geared to every child,” he said.

Mr. Hughes will begin in his new position on Monday, Jan. 5 after the holiday break. His three-year contract includes a starting salary of $150,000.

He and his wife Danielle are currently purchasing a home in Ilion and anticipate moving with their four children to the community in the immediate future.

Mr. Hughes replaces Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. who resigned on July 9 to become New York’s Deputy Commissioner of Education P-12.