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Little Falls school board selects Keith Levatino as new superintendent
Nov. 25, 2015



Little Falls Board of Education members have chosen Keith Levatino as the district’s new superintendent of schools.

When Levatino was told of the decision, he felt “overjoy and excitement,” he said.

“I’m just so grateful to the Little Falls community for giving me the opportunity to serve as their next superintendent,” he said.

The decision comes following full-day interviews with the two finalists, Levatino and Frank Ferraro, on Monday, Nov. 23. Board members anticipate appointing Levatino to the position during a special board meeting on Monday, Nov. 30, and he has an anticipated start date in early 2016.

Levatino, who is principal of Perry Junior High School in New Hartford, has a doctorate in educational administration/teacher leadership from Walden University.

Little Falls Board of Education President Bill Dodge said Levatino’s combination of education and experience make him the correct choice for the district following the search process, which was led by Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua and the Little Falls Board of Education.

“I want to thank Mark Vivacqua and the board for all the time and effort they put in,” Dodge said. “We talked to a lot of great candidates, and I think we got the right person for the job.”

Levatino said his initial priority is to be visible and readily available.

“I want to begin the communication process of getting to know everyone and letting them know who I am,” he said. “Then we’ll move forward from there.”

In addition to looking forward, Levatino looked back on his time at Perry Junior High School in New Hartford.

“I would also like to thank the outstanding Perry faculty and staff for all that they have done for me for the past 11-and-a-half years,” he said. “They are all true student advocates.”

Longtime Little Falls Superintendent Louis Patrei announced last school year his intentions to retire, and his last day was Aug. 14. Since then, Nick Fazio, who has served as an interim superintendent at other local school districts, has been the Little Falls interim superintendent.

The Little Falls Board of Education contracted with Vivacqua to lead the superintendent search and conduct screening interviews with candidates.

Throughout the last month, the Little Falls City School District Board of Education has been engaged in interviewing and reviewing credentials of candidates who responded to the call for applications by the Oct. 31 deadline. The Board of Education selected the two finalists on November 18.

The full-day interviews on Monday, Nov. 23, included meetings with various constituent groups including students, teachers, support staff and administrators and supervisors, as well as a tour and a public forum during which community members could ask questions.

Levatino said he was impressed with his experience in Little Falls.

“I was just so grateful for how everyone I met – including the students – was so kind and respectful and welcomed me with open arms,” he said.







 
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