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Board Appoints Michael Vanyo as Next Superintendent

(March 8, 2017) At its March 7 meeting, the Ichabod Crane CSD Board of Education appointed Michael Vanyo as the next superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2017.


Ichabod Crane CSD to Appoint Michael Vanyo as Next Superintendent

Michael Vanyo(Feb. 23, 2017) At its March 7 meeting, the Ichabod Crane CSD Board of Education is expected to appoint Michael Vanyo as the next superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2017. Vanyo has 26 years of experience in public education including the past 10 years as superintendent.

“I consider Ichabod Crane to be one of the premier school districts in our region. It is my goal to work with the faculty, staff and Board of Education to strive for higher student results while providing a well-rounded learning experience for our students,” said Vanyo.

Vanyo has been the superintendent at Gloversville since 2012 and spent five years as the superintendent at Liberty. Throughout his career Vanyo has been a strong proponent of the fine arts, extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletic programs.

He has an extensive background in school finance serving as the assistant superintendent for business at Liberty and the business administrator for the Lake George and Hoosic Valley school districts. He also worked as a State Aid and Financial Planning Specialist for Questar III.

Vanyo started his career as a high school business education teacher for the Argyle and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school districts.

“Michael Vanyo is the Board of Education’s unanimous choice for superintendent. He brings extensive, hands-on experience in improving graduation rates, implementing new programs, developing fiscally sound budgets and overseeing needed capital improvements,” said Board President Anthony Welcome.

The Ichabod Crane CSD Board of Education offered Vanyo the position following a thorough recruitment and interview process. Welcome said the community’s voice was evident throughout the process.

In October, the Board asked the community (via survey and in a public forum) to provide feedback on the desired characteristics of the next superintendent and to list questions they would want to ask prospective candidates. Stakeholders submitted more than 100 questions, some of which were used in subsequent interviews. The position was then advertised across the state and country in October and November.
A stakeholder committee comprised of 13 members representing teachers, staff, administrators and community members interviewed seven candidates on December 20 and 21. On January 9, the Board reviewed the committee's input and narrowed the field to three semi-finalists. The Board interviewed these three candidates on January 30. Questar III BOCES assisted the Board with its search process.