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Central Valley BOE names Jeremy Rich acting superintendent

Closeup of Mr. Rich wearing a blue jacket and tieAt its regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14, the Central Valley Central School District Board of Education named Jeremy Rich as acting superintendent. The board action followed current superintendent Dr. Rich Hughes’ decision to leave Central Valley to accept a job as superintendent of the Frontier Central School District.

The board accepted Dr. Hughes’ recommendation to Mr. Rich to fill a newly created position as assistant superintendent and approved his contract. Dr. Hughes then tendered his resignation as Central Valley superintendent effective the end of business on Friday, Dec. 15. The board then appointed Mr. Rich as acting superintendent until a permanent replacement is appointed.

Mr. Rich has served Ilion and now Central Valley CSD as a teacher or principal for more than two decades. As former principal of the now closed Remington Elementary School, he helped facilitate the successful Ilion-Mohawk school district merger. He became principal of Barringer Road Elementary School after the merger and oversaw Barringer Road’s transition from a PK-4 building to a 2-4 building.

Within the district and community he is known as a leader committed to developing a positive culture that focuses on finding creative solutions to the challenges of preparing students for their futures. He believes in working hard and persevering.

After the meeting, Board of Education President Kelly Rowland said Mr. Rich is the right choice at this time to lead Central Valley forward.

“Based on tonight’s action by the board of education, the district has demonstrated its commitment to our students, faculty, staff and community,” she said.

Rowland also thanked Dr. Hughes for his leadership and guidance over his two years as Central Valley superintendent.

“Through his vision, we have made substantial progress in achieving academic gains,” she said.

“His progressive approach allowed our teachers and student to enter into concepts of personalized learning and 21st Century learning and technology. We wish him the utmost success as he moves on to the next chapter in his career.”