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Update on Search for Penn Yan Academy Superintendent


The search to find the next Penn Yan School Superintendent continues.

Lynne Rutnik, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Superintendent, leads the BOCES Search Consultant Team, which includes representatives from BOCES with backgrounds in leadership development, human resources, communications, and data analysis. The search team is working collaboratively with the Board of Education in finding Howard Dennis’s successor. Dennis announced earlier this year he will retire in January after 30 years with the district.

Rutnik promises the search for Penn Yan’s next superintendent will be comprehensive, structured, and transparent and will involve multiple phases that will include information gathering, recruitment, screening, and selection.

Her letter to the community appears below:

Dear Penn Yan School Colleagues and Community,

I hope this letter finds you well as we enter the final weeks of the school year.

My name is Lynne Rutnik, and along with serving as the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES District Superintendent, I also have the honor of leading the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES search consultant team supporting your search for the next superintendent for Penn Yan Central School District. The search consultant team includes representatives from Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES with multiple skill sets in leadership development, human resources, communications, and data analysis. The search consultant team will work collaboratively with your Board of Education, guiding them as they navigate the search process and appoint the next Superintendent of Schools for the Penn Yan Central School District.

Through this update, I am writing to introduce myself and provide an overview of the process we will undertake together in this important endeavor. The Board of Education is committed to hearing from all stakeholders – including students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and community members – to ensure that diverse perspectives and voices are considered throughout the process.

The search process will be comprehensive, structured, and transparent. It will involve multiple phases, including:

  • Information Gathering: Collecting input from stakeholders to understand the desired qualities, skills, and priorities for the new superintendent through a superintendent search survey and a day in the district.
  • Recruitment: Attracting a broad pool of highly qualified candidates through targeted outreach and advertising.
  • Screening and Selection: Carefully reviewing applications and conducting interviews with the lens of the candidate profile developed through the feedback provided by stakeholders.

On June 5, 2024 I will be providing an overview of the search process during the Board of Education meeting. I invite you to come learn more about the process and introduce yourself to our search team!

Please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or thoughts you may have throughout this process.

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