Odessa-Montour names superintendent finalists
ODESSA--The Odessa-Montour Central School District's Board of Education (BOE), has named three finalists for the district's next superintendent. The finalists are Christopher Wood, Ann Fuller-Sincock and Lynn Rhone.
Robert Halpin, president of the Odessa-Montour Central School District's BOE, said he is pleased with the high-quality candidate pool and is enthused about the potential the three finalists have to offer.
"Choosing the best superintendent for our district is the board's main priority," said Halpin. "The field of candidates was diverse, which made narrowing the field to three very difficult. We are confident that one of these candidates will be the best candidate for our school district and community."
Christopher Wood is the principal of the Odessa-Montour junior senior high school, where he has served as principal since 2012. Wood began teaching at Odessa-Montour Central School District in 2005 as an instructional support teacher. He continued his career at Odessa-Montour Central School as a social studies and history teacher. In 2011, he was selected as the Odessa-Montour athletic manager and dean of students. Wood earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Education from SUNY Buffalo, and a Master of Science in Education from Elmira College. He also holds certifications as both New York State School District and Building Leader.
Ann Fuller-Sincock is currently the principal of the Career and Technical Education Center at the Bush Campus, a program of the Greater Southern Tier (GST) BOCES. From 2008 until 2010, she served concurrently in this position and as the GST Alternative middle and high school. Prior to that she served as high school principal at Spencer Van-Etten Central Schools, and assistant principal of the Elmira Free Academy. Fuller-Sincock began her career in education in 1997 as a special education teacher for the Bath-Haverling Central School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Elmira College, and a Master of Science in Special Education from Mansfield University. Fuller-Sincock earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from The College at Brockport and also holds a New York State School Administrator/Supervisor and School Business Administrator Certificate.
Lynn Rhone is the principal of the Romulus middle/high school. From 2005-2008, she served as principal of this school until she was appointed as principal of grades pre-kindergarten through 12 grade, a position she held until 2012. Rhone began her career in 2000 as a seven through 12 classroom teacher at Marion junior senior high school. Rhone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a Bachelor of Science in Management Science as well as a Master of Science in Business and Distributive Education from Nazareth College. She holds both a New York State School District Administrator and School Administration and Supervision Certificate.
The BOE will conduct district visits to each candidate's current district beginning Monday, Jan. 12. Final rounds of interviews with the three candidates are set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 20, 21 and 22 at the Odessa-Montour Central School District. The anticipated start date for the new superintendent is April 1, 2015.
Kevin MacDonald, district superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, who is acting as search consultant, said the board has developed and implemented a process that will help determine the best candidate.
"This is a rigorous search process," MacDonald said. "Finalists will be visited at their current school district, and go though another round of interviews. The process concludes with the board meeting to make a final decision."