The hope is to have a new schools chief in place in the fall to replace departing Superintendent Jamie Farr, who takes over at Canandaigua in July.
PHELPS — Now that Jamie Farr has accepted the superintendent job in the Canandaigua City School District, the search for a new leader at Midlakes is intensifying.
The job was posted last week on the Phelps-Clifton Springs (Midlakes) district’s website and residents are encouraged to fill out an online survey to help members of the Board of Education and search team determine some of the qualities the community is interested in seeing in a new superintendent.
Whoever is picked for the job will have big shoes to fill, said Board of Education President Ryan Davis.
Farr started in the district in 1999 as a health teacher and served as principal at the middle and high schools before he was appointed superintendent in 2014.
“I think Jamie is a brilliant educator and a classic leader of a district,” Davis said.
Patti Larche, who is the district's director of curriculum and development, will serve as interim superintendent until a permanent choice is made.
Farr, who accepted the Canandaigua job in April, said leaving a district where he worked as a teacher all the way up to superintendent will be a bittersweet experience.
Farr takes over for retiring Canandaigua Superintendent Lynne Erdle on July 1.
“I worked my whole career here. This is like family,” Farr said. “This is like home.”
The family atmosphere in the district is something that was in place when he arrived and something he said he strived to maintain and expects will continue, because of the value placed in that quality by school and community.
“The next person will walk into a great situation here,” Farr said.
The district will follow roughly the same process as Canandaigua did.
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES will handle the search, with finalists coming to the district for interviews and to meet with stakeholders. There will be several opportunities for the community, faculty, staff and administrators to be involved in the process, Davis said.
“We want an open, honest search,” Davis said. “We’re going to do this right.”
The hope is to have a person chosen by August and who is available to start in September or October of the 2017-18 school year.
The open position is generating interest, Farr said, adding he is “very pleased” with the people he has heard from already.
In the meantime, Larche, who is a well-respected educator in the district, has presented a plan for how the district will operate until the next superintendent takes over, Davis said.
“She will do a fantastic job,” Davis said. “She already has. I can’t think of a better person for this time.”