Lynne Erdle Named Canandaigua School Superintendent
11/30/2012 3:49:52 AM
By Joe Nittler
The Canandaigua School Board appointed Interim Superintendent Lynne Erdle as the District's new Superintendent, effective immediately at Thursday night's meeting. She has been with the school system for 35 years and knows just about every nook and cranny in every building.
She sees her longevity as a major advantage.
Erdle pledges to maintain the Districts strong academic standing.
At its November 29th regular meeting, the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education unanimously appointed Interim Superintendent Lynne Erdle as the District's new Superintendent, effective immediately.
"Community feedback collected by our search consultants' public survey and focus group process aligned perfectly with what Mrs. Erdle has already brought to the job during her four months as Interim Superintendent," says Jeanie Grimm, President of the Board of Education. "Our residents stated that their highest priorities for the new Superintendent were a deep knowledge of teaching and learning, excellent communication skills, inclusiveness, visibility, and strong fiscal management. It became clear that, in Mrs. Erdle, we already had the person our community was looking for."
The Board desired an open and inclusive search process and was impressed with the high level of participation from the public. When the first phase was completed, the results of the research were presented to the Board (the report is published in its entirety on our website). Many individuals specifically identified Interim Superintendent Erdle as possessing the experiences, skills and personal traits necessary to lead the District. In order to fulfill its due diligence, the Board followed up with an interview with Mrs. Erdle, which led directly to her hiring as the new Superintendent.
"As a Board, we, of course, expressed our own views as to the qualities we sought in our new Superintendent," adds Grimm. "We are very happy that this appointment came with unanimous support from Board members together with an absolute match to our community's desires. She brings an energetically positive approach and enthusiasm that are vital in a landscape of change and challenge. Please join the Board in wishing Superintendent Erdle great success going forward."
Mrs. Erdle's salary has been set at $175,000 annually through the end of the 2014 school year (which is prorated for the 2012-2013 school year). She has signed a contract with the Board that is effective through June 30, 2016. She is the 14th Superintendent of Canandaigua schools.
Mrs. Erdle has held various other leadership positions in over 35 years with the Canandaigua City School District. She was the District's Assistant Superintendent for Instruction from January, 2011 until her recent appointment. From 2009-2011, she was Executive Principal, 6-12, coordinating curriculum and program between the Middle School and Canandaigua Academy. Prior to the Executive Principal position, Mrs. Erdle was Canandaigua Academy Principal from 1998-2009, where she championed multiple pathways of increased academic rigor for students.
She is currently President of the Board of Directors of Ontario County ARC and a member of the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce Board. She also works with the University of Rochester in the mentor program. Mrs. Erdle is Canandaigua's 2010 ATHENA Award recipient. She and her husband, Tom, are the parents of daughter, Kaitlin, a graduate of Canandaigua Academy. Their son-in-law, Matt Kellogg, is also a CA alumnus
The Board of Education has also unanimously appointed Dr. Julie Winston to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Mr. Vernon Tenney as Principal of Canandaigua Academy, the district's high school. Both Dr. Winston and Mr. Tenney had been serving in an interim capacity for those positions since the beginning of the school year.