SENECA FALLS — The Seneca Falls school district has announced that Jeramy Clingerman will be its new superintendent to replace longtime district leader Bob McKeveny, who retires June 30.
Clingerman, a lifelong Seneca County resident who currently lives in Waterloo, has been at the helm of the Marcus Whitman school district since 2013.
The school board meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Middle School library to officially vote on the five-year appointment. School board President Joe McNamara said Clingerman’s salary has not yet been determined and his contract is being negotiated.
McKeveny, 60, announced in late August that he would be retiring at the end of this school year. The Long Island native has been an administrator in the Seneca Falls school district for 27 years and was named superintendent in 2008.
Clingerman, a Waterloo High School alumnus, is a State University College at Oswego graduate. He taught social studies in Lyons and was an assistant principal and high school principal in Waterloo before becoming superintendent at Marcus Whitman.
McNamara said the board enlisted the help of search consultant Mike Ford and “went through the process to a point until Mr. Clingerman came into the picture … and we figured he would be a good fit.”
He said there were about six other applicants but no one else was brought in for interviews. Clingerman fit the criteria developed by a survey of Seneca Falls school staff and residents who identified the ideal candidate as someone with excellent communication skills, visible in the community, a leader by example, someone with local roots and committed to professional learning for faculty and staff, according to McNamara and a district press release.
In that release, Seneca Falls district officials called Clingerman “a leader among his fellow superintendents.” He was recently selected president of the Finger Lakes Superintendents’ Association and serves on the faculty of the New York State Superintendent Development Program.
He and his wife of 23 years, Heidi, live in Waterloo with their two daughters, Payton and Nadya. Clingerman will officially start in Seneca Falls on July 1 but will be working with McKeveny on a smooth transition.
In a letter posted on the Seneca Falls district web site, Clingerman said he’s been impressed with the pride and professionalism he’s witnessed among Seneca Falls district staff and is energized to begin working with them because his vision and mission for learning aligns with that of the district.
“It is the students’ future we are preparing for,” Clingerman wrote. “It is this approach to learning that excites me about being a part of the Seneca Falls Central School District.”