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Reilly appointed as next Cazenovia district superintendent

Matthew Reilly, left, was unanimously appointed the next superintendent of the Cazenovia Central School District at the school board's Feb. 24 meeting. Reilly, who was present at the meeting, thanked the board for choosing him and said he was honored and excited to join the Cazenovia district.

Matthew Reilly, left, was unanimously appointed the next superintendent of the Cazenovia Central School District at the school board's Feb. 24 meeting. Reilly, who was present at the meeting, thanked the board for choosing him and said he was honored and excited to join the Cazenovia district. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Matthew Reilly, current superintendent of the Clinton Central School District, was unanimously appointed the next superintendent of schools for Cazenovia by the Cazenovia Board of Education during its Feb. 24 meeting.

Reilly has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colgate University and received his CAS degree from Syracuse University. He started his career as a secondary social studies teacher in Madison Central School District for nine years, then became a secondary social studies teacher in the Hamilton Central School District for 11 years. From 2007 to 2009 he served as dean of students in the Hamilton district, and from 2009 to 2011 served as the middle school principal in the Clinton school district. From 2011 to the present he has served as the superintendent of the Clinton Central School District.

Reilly, who was present at the Feb. 24 board meeting announcing his appointment, called it “an incredible honor and trust” to be chosen, and said Cazenovia “is truly one of the great districts in New York state. The commitment, caring and pride of everyone I have encountered make me all the more eager to accept this opportunity and challenge. I am so happy to be part of the family here.”

Reilly was chosen after a seven-month total process that began last July after Superintendent Robert Dubik announced his intention to retire at the end of the current school year. The school board advertised the superintendent position throughout October and November and received 18 applications from candidates both in and out of New York state.

In January, the board winnowed its list of candidates from 18 to six individuals, and, after interviewing those six, in early February chose the final three. Those top three candidates then toured the district, met with community stakeholders and were interviewed by community members, district administrators, teachers, non-instructional employees, students and the board of education. The board then selected Reilly for the position.

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