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Gloversville BOE announces superintendent finalists

December 1, 2017 | Filed in Top Stories

The Gloversville School District Board of Education has selected three finalists in its search for a new superintendent of schools.

The district is seeking a new district leader to replace Michael Vanyo, who left at the end of the 2016-17 school year to take the superintendent’s post in the Ichabod Crane Central School District. Gloversville is currently under the direction of Interim Superintendent Robert DeLilli.

The three finalists selected by the board are Dr. Mario Fernandez, the current assistant superintendent for school improvement in the Poughkeepsie City School District; Wilford LeForestier Jr., the current assistant superintendent for special education in the Kingston City School District; and Steven Schloicka, Gloversville’s current assistant superintendent.

In December, each candidate will participate in full-day interviews in the district. The GESD Board of Education is scheduled to select a final candidate the week before the holiday break.

Fernandez has been the assistant superintendent for school improvement in Poughkeepsie since February 2016. Fernandez previously served as a principal for 10 years in the Stillwater Central School District and as an assistant principal at Amsterdam High School from 2003-2006. He’s also had administrative experience at the New Covenant Charter School in Albany and the Greece Athena High School in Greece, NY. Prior to entering school administration, he was a high school math teacher in Rochester and a middle school math teacher in Miami, Fla. He holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the Sage College of Albany; a master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University; another master’s degree in educational administration from SUNY Brockport; a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University; and an associate degree in business administration from Miami-Dade Community College.

LeForestier has served as the assistant superintendent for special education in Kingston since 2014. Prior to Kingston, Forestier was the superintendent of schools at Vanderheyden Hall in Wynantskill for four years, the career and technical principal at the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES for a year and a half and the junior-senior high school principal in Duanesburg for four years. He also has administrative experience at Shenendehowa and Troy. Prior to entering school administration, he was a special education teacher in Troy and at Vanderheyden Hall. He holds a master’s degree in special education from the Sage Colleges and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Hartwick College.

Schloicka has been the assistant superintendent in Gloversville since 2012 and was the Gloversville business official from 2007-2012. Prior to entering school administration, Schloicka, who is a certified public accountant, worked for many years for the New York State Comptroller’s Office. He also has experience as an instructor for the Riverside School of Aeronautics in Marcy, and is a certified airframe and powerplant mechanic. He holds an MBA from SUNY Albany, a Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY New Paltz, a bachelor’s degree in accounting/business from the SUNY Institute of Technology and an associate degree in data processing from Herkimer County Community College.

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