KEENE — Keene Central School’s new superintendent of schools has first-hand experience in the district.
Dan Mayberry, who officially assumed the role on July 1, had been principal for grades kindergarten through eight since spring 2012.
“He knows the school, he knows the area, he understands what rural schools are facing today in rural communities like the Adirondacks,” said Teresa Cheetham-Palen, who was School Board president during the search process.
Those challenges include balancing the budget while keeping within the state’s tax-levy cap and interpreting and implementing the new Common Core educational tandards and Annual Professional Performance Review guidelines.
“It’s a trickier time for schools,” she said.
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Mayberry had been preparing for the transition, working closely with Cynthia Ford-Johnston, who, after announcing her retirement as superintendent in May 2012, served in a part-time interim capacity as the School Board considered how best to fill the position.
One option explored by the board was sharing a superintendent with a neighboring school district, Cheetham-Palen said.
Yet, as the end of the 2013-2014 academic year approached, the district still had no solid commitments for a shared administrator.
“Since we weren’t getting any definite answers, we decided to drop that,” she said.
A search then began for a full-time superintendent, with Mayberry as one of three candidates interviewed by a committee of teachers, school administrative and support staff and community members.
Mayberry was chosen unanimously by both the committee and the School Board. He was hired at an annual salary of $93,000.
Ford-Johnson served Keene Central for 16 years; her career in education spanned three decades.
The search echoed the events of Mayberry’s appointment as principal in 2012, Cheetham-Palen said.
At that time, the search committee had been unable to decide on a unanimous choice after an initial round of interviews.