Less than two months after Skaneateles Central School District Superintendent Ken Slentz said he would be leaving his post, a new leader has been appointed.
At a special board of education meeting Wednesday, Lynda Quick was picked to lead the district, according to a letter from the board sent to parents. Quick, the district superintendent and chief operating officer of the Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES in Cattaraugus County, is currently set to start within the first two weeks of September 2018. The board did not note Quick's salary for the Skaneateles position.
Slentz will be leaving Skaneateles this summer to become the superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District. He starts at the Saratoga County district in August.
The board said Quick was one of several people it reached out to for the superintendent job. After she was first interviewed by the board, it was determined she should be brought before three separate committees made up of district administrators, faculty and staff and parents and community members, the board said.
"Based on very candid and encouraging feedback from each of these groups, the board unanimously determined Ms. Quick to be keenly qualified, and an excellent match to serve our students, staff, schools and community," the press release said. Quick is set to be at Skaneateles' next board meeting Tuesday.
Quick has held the BOCES position since 2013. Before then, she had been the BOCES' assistant superintendent since 2003. Her past experience includes serving as the BOCES attorney and labor relations specialist from 1994 to 2003 and becoming an Ohio associate attorney in 1990.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University and permanent certification as a New York State School District administrator and school business administrator from St. Bonaventure University and SUNY Buffalo. The board said it believes Quick's time at BOCES shows she is is able to handle the demands of the Skaneateles district.
"Ms. Quick's impressive and extensive experience has included successfully overseeing a $75-million dollar budget, 600 full-time employees, and day-to-day interaction with and oversight of the 22 school districts within her BOCES," the press release said.
Board President Susan Murphy had previously said the board first heard about the possibility of Slentz leaving on May 16, and that while the last day Slentz is expected to physically be in the school district is July 20, his last official day as a Skaneateles employee is set to be Aug. 20.
Slentz, who has been the Skaneateles superintendent for four years, had previously served as the deputy commissioner at the state Education Department for five years before coming to Skaneateles. He publicly announced his intention to leave the district in May.