BOE Names Jason Chevrier Next Superintendent
Impressed by his leadership and work for Schodack Central School District over the past 12 years, the Board of Education on March 8 named Jason Chevrier the next school superintendent.
"I am truly honored to be selected Superintendent of Schodack Central School District. We have such talented faculty and staff who take good care of our kids. We've got a wonderful community that is so supportive of our schools. I look forward to continuing to help make sure our students have the best education possible," said Mr. Chevrier.
The Board expects to appoint Mr. Chevrier at its March 23 meeting, contingent on the finalization of a contract. He is expected to start July 1.
For the past year, Mr. Chevrier has served as the district's Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment. For the previous 11 years he served as Principal of Castleton Elementary School. Mr. Chevrier also taught fifth grade and special education at Watervliet and Rochester City School Districts.
Mr. Chevrier will succeed Lee Bordick, who has served the past year as interim superintendent following the death of Superintendent Bob Horan on July 4, 2016.
"Working so closely with Bob for 11 years, he was a friend but also an inspiration and I learned a lot from his leadership. His personality, his energy, his innovation, his passion for education, and his love for family, those are pieces of Bob that I will hold on to, to cherish, and take with me as I move forward into this role," said Mr. Chevrier.
Mr. Chevrier said it is an exciting time for the district with the Capital Project improvements and transition to two school buildings in 2018. He said he looks forward to talking with parents about what the educational program will be for their children and thanked superintendents he has worked with for their guidance.
"Mr. Hamlin, Mr. Horan and Mr. Bordick all brought with them great qualities that we all respect and appreciate," said Mr. Chevrier. "I hope to continue that great tradition of leadership that has been the foundation of Schodack throughout the years. Their strengths and qualities that will remain with me embody what Schodack Central School District is all about. It is continued improvement, high expectations and caring for one another in our community that makes it the best place it can be."
Board of Education President Michael Hiser said Mr. Chevrier impressed the Board both during the search process and his career in Schodack.
"Jason is very articulate and knowledgeable about education, particularly in the area of curriculum. He is also very enthusiastic, especially when it comes to students," said Mr. Hiser. "His time at Castleton Elementary School brought him into contact with nearly every student in our district."
Mr. Hiser praised Mr. Chevrier for how he preserved opportunities for students as principal of the district's largest school several years ago when Schodack CSD faced difficult financial challenges.
"Jason has been a leader in the school community and an active member of the Schodack community," said Mr. Hiser. "We're very excited for him to help us lead the district forward."
Mr. Hiser thanked community members for their help in the search process. A search committee helped identify attributes important to the community, which were used during the Board's final interviews, and an interview committee provided useful insight about candidates as well, Mr. Hiser said.
The district had 22 applicants for the superintendent position. A community committee interviewed six candidates and the Board of Education interviewed five finalists.
"I know many highly qualified candidates would be interested in the opportunity to lead a high performing district like Schodack," said Mr. Chevrier. "To be selected and chosen amongst such a strong candidate pool certainly is an honor."
Mr. Chevrier has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master of Science in Literacy and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the College of Saint Rose. He also completed the New York State Superintendent's Development Program at the State University of New York at Oswego.
Mr. Chevrier is married to Carrie Nyc-Chevrier. They have three children, Sophia, Brody and Dean, all whom attend Schodack schools.