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Wayne Post
  • Cook appointed Newark’s new superintendent

  • The Newark Board of Education last night unanimously approved the three-year contract of Matthew Cook to the position of Superintendent of Schools to replace Henry Hann, who is retiring June 30.

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  • The Newark Board of Education last night unanimously approved the three-year contract of Matthew Cook to the position of Superintendent of Schools to replace Henry Hann, who is retiring June 30.
    Cook, of Lyons, who currently is Director of Human Resources for the Wayne Central School District, will begin working here July 8.
    “I’m thrilled to be able to come on board here,’’ Cook said. “I am honored to follow in Henry Hann’s footsteps. I very much appreciate the opportunity.’’
    Board President Yvonne MacTaggart beamed as she explained the “extensive” and inclusive process that led to Cook’s appointment.
    “It literally takes a village and we are more than proud to welcome Matt as our new Superintendent,’’ she said.
    On May 23, the Board identified, by acclaim, Cook as the sole finalist for the job after considering its discussions with four finalists and input it received from members of the various groups of students, staff and community members who had recently met individually with each of them.
    The four finalists were selected by the Board of Education after it interviewed eight candidates April 27. Those eight candidates were selected from a field of 34 applicants provided to the Board by The Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, an affiliate of the Warner School of Education of the University of Rochester.
    The Warner team, retained in February to assist in the Superintendent search, sought candidates based on input it received in March from Board members, students, staff, parents and community members about what experience and personal qualities they would most like to see in the next Superintendent of Schools.
    After Cook was determined to be the finalist May 23, MacTaggart said the Board was confident it had “an outstanding finalist for the Superintendent’s position.
    “We feel Matt Cook is uniquely qualified for the job and is someone who will continue to move our district forward,’’ she said.
    She also thanked everyone who participated in recent months in this “very important process and provided input. I can assure you it weighed very heavily into our decision to pick Matthew Cook as the sole finalist for the Superintendent’s job.’’
    Cook, who has served as Director of Human Resources at the Wayne Central School District since last May, worked as Director of Educational Services and Director of Special Programs from July 2007 until May 2012 in Lyons Central School District.
    From 2/2006 until 6/2007, he served as an administrative intern. In that capacity his duties including working with the Lyons Elementary Principal in an Assistant Principal role and he was the summer school principal in 2006.
    Cook completed the Superintendent Development Program at SUNY Oswego; received his certificate in advanced study degree at the University of Rochester; his master’s degree in social work at Syracuse University; and his bachelor’s degree in psychology at SUNY Geneseo.
    Page 2 of 2 - He and his wife, Anne, a sixth grade teacher at Lyons Elementary School, have three children. Their daughter, Halle, will be a sophomore at Nazareth College in the fall. Their son, Sam, will be a junior in the fall at Lyons High School and their daughter, Hannah, will be a freshman at LHS.

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