News on Wednesday, July 9 that Cosimo Tangorra was stepping down as Central Valley’s superintendent of schools to become New York’s Deputy Commissioner of P-12 Education caught most people in the district by surprise. In an email to staff, Dr. Tangorra explained that the move was somewhat of a surprise for him, as well.
“Although I envisioned pursuing new opportunities after Central Valley, I never imagined leaving before the end of my contract,” he said.
But when Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz resigned in May to become superintendent at Skaneateles Central School District, officials approached Dr. Tangorra as a possible successor.
Dr. Tangorra’s thought long about leaving Central Valley just a year into the merger.
“This was not an easy decision to make. The new role is exciting and gives me an opportunity to do positive things for students at Central Valley and across the entire state. The good, however, comes at a cost. I must leave our newly merged district before having a chance to see many of our dreams become a reality, and I must leave longtime colleagues and friends,” he said.
He said he expects the positives of the merger to continue.
“This merger took place because many people believed in our students and shared a desire to give them the very best education our community could provide. That has not changed. Those same people will continue to fight for kids and their futures. I believe they will stay the course and make Central Valley the finest school in the region,” he said.
The New York State Board of Regents appointed Dr. Tangorra at its July 9 meeting.
The Central Valley board of education will immediately begin working with Herkimer County BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua to find an interim superintendent to fill the vacancy while the district seeks a permanent replacement.
Dr. Tangorra served as the superintendent at Oppenheim-Ephratah and Trumansburg central schools before taking the head position at Ilion Central School in 2008. He was named Central Valley’s superintendent following the Ilion-Mohawk school merger in 2012.