About the district
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The Middleburgh Central School District is a dynamic educational community located in the Helderberg and Catskill Mountains of Schoharie County, New York, southwest of the Capital Region area.
The school district’s motto is “MCS KNIGHTS SUCCEED.”
Middleburgh’s school district was served originally by a one-room school house. On the site of the current high school, another school was located. That school existed until the current building was erected early in the 20th century.
Today, students come from 11 towns in eastern and southern Schoharie County and western Albany County to attend MCS – at 181 square miles, one of the largest school districts in the state in terms of area.
The school district has two buildings: the elementary school (about 365 pre-K-grade 6 students) and the junior/senior high school (about 380 grades 7-12 students), which are both located on Main Street in Middleburgh.
Approximately 80 faculty members and 100 non-instructional and professional staff interact and work with students every day. Middleburgh is known for small class sizes, many of which have fewer than 25 students.
MCS offers students a number of activities outside of the classroom as well. Students are able to participate in National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Congress, Choir, FBLA, Drama Club, Pep Band and Band, Athletic Association, Mock Trial, Jazz Band, FFA, Marching Band, SADD, Yearbook, Ski Club, Interact, Odyssey of the Mind, Spanish Club, Prom Committee, Model UN, History Club and Flag and ID Group.
There are several musical opportunities as well as theatrical opportunities in summer performances, senior play and spring musical.
All district activities, programs, and goals are funded by an annual budget of approximately $23.8 million.
About the community
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The school buildings are located in the village of Middleburgh, where there are many churches, businesses, a library and several service organizations, including Rotary and Lions Club.
The community is also home to the Best House and Medical Exhibit and is close to Howe Caverns, Iroquois Indian Museum, Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association, and Old Stone Fort Museum.
Adjacent to the elementary school is an outdoor complex of playgrounds, playing fields and the Everlasting Nature Trail constructed by community volunteers.
Middleburgh and the Schoharie Valley are known for excellent fishing and hunting, easy access to cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling and hiking. You can pick strawberries, get lost in the corn maze or farm-fresh produce from Barber’s, Bohringer’s or Shaul farms. Spend the weekend antiquing or hiking Vroman’s Nose.
Nearby, the Blenheim Gilboa Power Project offers educational and recreational programs throughout the year. Next door to the power project is Mine Kill State Park which features an Olympic-sized pool and hiking and boating facilities and the Lansing Manor House museum.
Middleburgh enjoys a beautiful country setting and is located just 40 miles south of Albany, the Capital Region of New York state. You will find many two- and four-year colleges, several shopping malls, professional sports teams and numerous cultural centers, including the Empire State Performing Arts Center, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Times Union Center, Proctor’s Theater, and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in the area.
About the position
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The following characteristics will be vital to the success of the candidate who becomes the next superintendent of the Middleburgh Central School District.
- EXCELLENT COMMUNICATOR: The ability to seek input from others, listen intently, communicate well, connect with people individually and in groups, and foster the exchange of ideas.
- PRESENCE: A commitment to establishing a visible, approachable presence within the school and larger Middleburgh community.
- PROACTIVE: A proactive leader with the ability to process information through the lens of the Middleburgh school community to make forward thinking decisions for the benefit of improving and enhancing education.
- TRUSTWORTHY: Possess and demonstrate honesty, transparency and good judgment, high moral standards and a respectful and caring demeanor, so that others will know that their efforts, ideas, work and perspectives are valued and essential to the healthy functioning of the district.
- INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP: A keen understanding of educational excellence, pedagogy and current research, with the experience and foresight to understand how decisions affect students, teachers and learning, and the capacity for innovation and positive change. The ability to communicate this to all members of the community is essential.
- FISCAL AND OPERATIONAL ACUMEN: Knowledge and experience in school district budgeting and finance; business operations, management and internal controls; educational technology and cybersecurity; internal and external communication; and overall district management.
- EXPERIENCED: Established leader with a willingness to make a long-term commitment to the school district and community, its growth and advancement; An experienced educator in search of a long career serving the Middleburgh Central School District.
The Board expects the new superintendent to be involved in school and community events and activities.
The Board of Education will offer a three-year contract with a regionally competitive salary, commensurate with the preparation, qualifications, experience and record of the successful candidate, as well as an attractive benefits package.
Anticipated appointment date: September 1, 2022
Anticipated start date: Fall 2022
Residency is preferred but not required.
Candidates should submit the following by June 10, 2022:
- Cover letter, a current resume, and a list of five professional references
- All certificates, including New York State School District Administrator Certificate
Materials should be sent (via US Mail) to:
Anita M. Murphy
Attn: Sharon Kisby
Capital Region BOCES
900 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12205
For questions, please reach out to: Sharon.Kisby@neric.org