Lyndonville, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Jason A. Smith was appointed Lyndonville Superintendent of Schools by the Lyndonville Board of Education on Monday.
Smith will begin as superintendent on Monday, Dec. 19. The role is currently being filled by Interim Superintendent Thomas Cox after Dr. Barbara Deane-Williams resigned in June.
Smith has served as the Pre K-12 principal at the Elba Central School District since 2004. He began his career as a social studies teacher at the Albion Central School District. Smith has completed a Master's degree in Education and a Certificate of Advance Studies through Brockport State University. He completed a Bachelor of Science in History with a minor in Sociology at SUNY Geneseo.
"I am looking forward to continuing my career at Lyndonville, where an emphasis on academic achievement and a well-rounded education for students have clearly been priorities," said Smith. "I welcome the opportunity to build upon the strong community support of the district to serve Lyndonville Central School and our students."
Smith is the eighth superintendent in the district and he was selected from a field of 18 applicants. The search was completed by the Lyndonville Board of Education, working alongside Orleans/Niagara BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Clark Godshall. The search involved significant public input and day-long visits to the Lyndonville district by the three final candidates.
"This has been a thorough, open and fully vetted process," said Lyndonville School Board President Edward Urbanik. "The faculty, staff and community members who took part in focus groups provided valuable feedback. The community forums were well attended and allowed the candidates an opportunity to respond to a wide range of topics. On behalf of the Board of Education, I wish to extend thanks to these community groups for their leadership and commitment to the Lyndonville Central School District. We look forward to working with Mr. Smith as he brings his educational leadership skills and dedication to our students, staff and community."
The initial contract reached between the Board of Education and Smith will cover the period of three years and six months (through June 30, 2015).