DeLilli chosen as interim superintendent


GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education has appointed recently-retired Greater Johnstown Superintendent Robert DeLilli to serve as interim superintendent.

Board president Richard Carlson said Friday the board voted Tuesday to appoint DeLilli to a six-month contract, with an option to extend as they seek a new superintendent. Carlson said the contract has not officially been signed yet, since DeLilli was not available at the time.

DeLilli will begin work in Gloversville on July 1, a day after current superintendent, Michael Vanyo, leaves the position to take over as superintendent at Ichabod Crane Central School District in Columbia County.

DeLilli retired as GJSD superintendent on Feb. 8 after five years with the district. That position has been taken over by Patricia Kilburn.

Prior to his time at Johnstown, DeLilli served as Gloversville superintendent from 2007 to 2011. According to the district, his experience also includes a stint as the superintendent/principal for the Wheelerville Union Free School District and more than 15 years as a middle school social studies teacher there.

According to the district, Hamilton Fulton Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services conducted the search for the interim superintendent on behalf of the district, receiving nine applications that were then shared with the Gloversville board.

Carlson said DeLilli’s application immediately rose to the top, and the board worked to draft a contract with him.

“He is familiar with the district and the people of the community,” Carlson said.

A big factor in the decision to appoint DeLilli was that he oversaw the transition to a grade level grouping system at GJSD. Gloversville is undergoing its own transition to a hybrid model of neighborhood school and grade level grouping at the elementary level.

“We are undergoing our own delivery of instruction change that will be instituted this fall. Johnstown had already gone through this, so [DeLilli] seems like a good fit,” Carlson said.

With DeLilli in place as the interim, the school district will look to open a search for a permanent superintendent this summer.

“We are fortunate to be able to draw on that experience in the short term,” Carlson said in a news release from the district.

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