Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville BOE announces superintendent finalists

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education has announced three finalists in its search for a new superintendent of schools. As part of the final stages of the selection process, each candidate will meet community members at a public forum and have a chance to talk about his background, leadership qualifications and his approach to education in a small, rural setting.

The public forums end a full day of interviews for each candidate, and take place from 7-8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 2, 3, and 4 at the OESJ High School auditorium.

Once the board makes its final decision and appointment, the new OESJ superintendent is expected to assume his responsibilities by July 1, 2015.

David Halloran has been the high school principal for the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District since 2007. Under his direction, the school had the highest graduation rate in the HFM BOCES region for the past 5 years. He previously served as the assistant principal at Johnstown High School for two years, and taught social studies at Tamarac and Ballston Spa High Schools. Mr. Halloran holds a Master’s degree in education from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. He earned his School District Administrator certification from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Nick Fitzgerald is currently the assistant principal at South Glens Falls Central School District. He also serves there as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health and Family and Consumer Science, and is currently the director for a $2.1 million federal grant that he wrote for the district. Fitzgerald taught grades 7-12 business for seven years at Watervliet High School. He is a certified School District Administrator with lead evaluator training in the APPR system. He holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction and Technology from the State University at Albany, and earned his school district administrator certification from the State University at Plattsburgh. Fitzgerald is currently working on a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership through Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.

Jonathan Retz is currently the superintendent of schools for the Greene Central School District in Greene, NY. He has served there since 2009, and has held administrator positions as a middle school principal and as an assistant high school principal. Retz began his career as a social studies teacher for six years in the Fabius-Pompey Central School District.  He holds a Master’s degree in History and received his certification as a School District Administrator from SUNY Cortland.

HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel is facilitating the search process for OESJ .