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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.

— “We had three tremendous finalists for the job,” said BOE President Patrick Vogl. “It was a tough decision. But based on our interviews and extensive vetting process, in addition to the feedback we received from our stakeholder groups, we felt Matt Reilly was just the person to take us in the right direction. He has remarkable vision, he’s a great communicator and, as a former Clinton board member told me, he’s an ‘educator’s superintendent.’”

Reilly will officially begin his tenure in Cazenovia on July 1 for an initial three-year term at a salary of $140,000. He will succeed outgoing Superintendent Robert Dubik, who will retire on June 30.

“I’m excited the board has found a replacement now, because it gives us time for a smooth transition,” said Dubik, who has been superintendent since 2004. “That was why I announced my retirement back in June, and I’m delighted that board members were able to use that time to find the perfect fit for Cazenovia.”

Sometime within the next 30 days, the school board plans to hold a community meet and greet for Reilly, although no specific details of that have been worked out yet, Vogl said.

Between now and July 1 — when Reilly will still be the Clinton district superintendent — Reilly will coordinate his transition to Cazenovia by meeting and talking with Dubik and Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong, said Vogl. Reilly plans to be a visible presence in Cazenovia during the next four months as well, and, for example, plans to attend the high school drama club’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast” next week, Vogl said.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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