Cooperstown Central School District has a new superintendent.
Remsen Central School District Superintendent Dr. William Crankshaw was unanimously appointed Wednesday night at a regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting. Crankshaw is expected to officially start his duties Jan. 1, 2017.
“After a lengthy and thorough superintendent search process, the Board is excited to welcome Dr. Bill Crankshaw to the district,” Board President Dr. Theresa Russo said. “The process for the superintendent search reflects positively on Cooperstown Central School District. We were fortunate to have several qualified applicants and the involvement of students, faculty, staff and community to aid in our decision. We would like to thank all the search committee members, as well as the other candidates, for their participation in our process.”
Interim Superintendent Michael K. Virgil will continue to lead the district until the end of the calendar year and work with Dr. Crankshaw on the transition.
“The past 6 months have been challenging for the District, and we would like to thank Mr. Virgil, as well as our faculty and staff for their demonstrated professionalism, dedication and commitment,” Dr. Russo said. “We look forward to working with Dr. Crankshaw to build on our excellence and move the District forward.’’
Dr. Crankshaw is currently the superintendent and elementary principal of Remsen Central School District. He began his education career as a music teacher in Fort Plain, Johnstown and Canajoharie school districts before moving onto roles as principal of Glebe St. Elementary School in Johnstown and principal/director of elementary curriculum and instruction in the Northville Central School District.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled. I felt very confident that this was a district I could fit with and be productive with,” Dr. Crankshaw said immediately after his appointment. “I was impressed with the entire process.”