After an announcement on April 29 that it had offered Mr. Jeffrey Ahearn the position as the new Superintendent of Vestal Schools, the Vestal Central School District’s Board of Education made it official at a special public meeting on May 31. The resolution to officially appoint Mr. Ahearn, who has been serving as interim superintendent for five months, passed unanimously.
“The Board is very pleased to have selected Mr. Ahearn as our new superintendent,” said Board President Michon Stuart. “He has served the district well as interim superintendent, and we are confident that he will be a good leader for our students and our staff.”
A native of Greenwood, New York, Mr. Ahearn has more than 32 years of experience. He began his career in the banking industry, then moved into education, where he served as Director of Finance at Alfred State College. He was also the school business administrator for Addison Central Schools and then the Greater Southern Tier BOCES before joining the Vestal Central School District in September 2012 as School Business Administrator. In July of 2015, he was named Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations and Personnel. Following Mark LaRoach’s retirement, Mr. Ahearn was appointed Interim Superintendent by the Vestal Board of Education in January 2016.
“I’d like to thank the Board of Education, Vestal Central School District staff and the community for the level of support I have received as Interim Superintendent,” said Mr. Ahearn. “This support has given me a solid foundation as I officially step into the role of Superintendent of Vestal Schools, and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to continue guiding our students along the path of academic excellence that Vestal epitomizes.”
Mr. Ahearn, who succeeds Mark LaRoach following his retirement in December 2015, assumed his duties immediately following his official appointment.