The Cooperstown Central School District Board of Education appointed Mr. Michael K. Virgil as interim superintendent Tuesday morning to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Superintendent C.J. Hebert earlier this month.
Mr. Virgil was a longtime superintendent of Morris Central School District, serving there from December 1997 to June 2009, when he retired. After retirement, Mr. Virgil served most recently as the interim superintendent at Jefferson Central School and interim principal at Walton Central School District and Franklin Central School District, as well as several other interim positions within school districts and ONC BOCES.
Mr. Virgil’s appointment is through Dec. 31, 2016.
“Mr. Virgil brings a significant amount of experience to the district and will help move the district forward,” Board President Dr. Theresa Russo said.
Mr. Hebert and the Board of Education had initiated a plan to realign administrative roles and hire a new high school principal. That plan was the result of significant thought and discussion between Mr. Hebert and the board and will continue, according to Dr. Russo.
In addition, the hiring process of a new elementary principal will continue, with principal interviews to be rescheduled within the next two weeks. The search for a new jr./sr. high school principal will begin immediately and the search for a new superintendent will start over the next few months.
Current Jr./Sr. High School Principal Michael Cring will be transitioning to K-12 director of comprehensive student services, programs and athletics. There is no net increase of administrative positions at Cooperstown; only duties and roles will change. No significant impact on the school budget is expected from these changes.
“It’s a sad circumstance that I take this position in the Cooperstown Central School District and look forward to assisting the district in this difficult transition and moving it forward,” Mr. Virgil said.