Oneida Board of Education Selects Superintendent Search Finalist

mmzThe Oneida City School District community is invited to meet the Board of Education’s finalist for the position of superintendent of schools on March 14. The candidate’s full-day visit will include meetings with constituent groups during the day and a community forum in the evening.

Over the past month, the board has reviewed the credentials and applications of 10 candidates. As the result of a multi-step interview process and thoughtful deliberation, the Board selected Ms. Mary-Margaret Zehr as its finalist for superintendent of schools. The Board has planned a full day of activities on March 14, including a tour of the school facilities and meetings with student representatives, community members, parents and the administrative, teaching and non-instructional staff.

During the community forum, to be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Costello Transportation Center, Zehr will introduce herself to the community and respond to questions from those in attendance. She will also be asked to present her vision for the Oneida City School District if chosen as the new superintendent.

Following a review of the input received during this visit, the Board anticipates making an appointment of a new Superintendent within a late March, early April timeframe.

Zehr currently serves as the assistant superintendent of the Watertown City School District, a position she has held since 2010. She previously served as superintendent of the Copenhagen Central School District and she has held secondary principal positions in the General Brown, South Jefferson and Beaver River school districts, as well as a K-12 principal/CSE chair position in Copenhagen. Prior to holding a leadership role, she served as a Social Studies teacher in the Watertown and Copenhagen districts. Ms. Zehr is in the current cohort of the New York State Council of School Superintendents Future Superintendents Academy and has co-taught Educational Administration courses at SUNY Oswego. Ms. Zehr holds a BS in Elementary and early Secondary Education from SUNY Cortland, an MA in Social Studies and International Education from New York University and a CAS in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego.

Prior to holding a leadership role, she served as a Social Studies teacher in the Watertown and Copenhagen districts. Zehr is in the current cohort of the New York State Council of School Superintendents Future Superintendents Academy and has co-taught educational administration courses at SUNY Oswego.

She holds a bachelor of science in elementary and early secondary education from SUNY Cortland, a master of arts in social studies and international education from New York University and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Oswego.

“We considered a number of excellent candidates in our Superintendent Search and were very impressed with the qualifications and qualities of our finalist,” Board President Robert Group said. “We are excited for the community to meet her at our forum and encourage everyone to attend.”

For more information, contact Robert Group, Board President, at 315.363.2550 or Jackie Starks, District Superintendent/Search Consultant, Madison-Oneida BOCES, at 315.361.5510.

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