Livonia, New York, April 12, 2023 - The Livonia Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE), has named three finalists for the district’s next Superintendent.
J. David Woodruff, President of the Livonia Central School District’s BOE, said, “The search drew an excellent field of candidates. We are grateful for the interest from each candidate who applied.” Selecting the best superintendent for Livonia Central Schools is the Board’s top priority. Our district has a fine reputation and the Board anticipates a difficult decision,” Woodruff said.
The three finalists are Brian Schmitt, Ed.D, Jon Koeng, and Jeremy Lonneville, Ph.D.
Brian Schmitt, Ed.D is currently in his 11th year as the Superintendent of Genesee Valley Central School District in Belmont, New York. Previously, Schmitt served as Principal of Hannibal High School. Schmitt has over 15 years of leadership in NYS public school districts and over 25 years as an educator. During his time as Superintendent he led a systemic school improvement reform that moved Genesee Valley CSD to a Buffalo Business First ranking of 41 in 2019, up 145 places from 186 in 2012. Schmitt is committed to making public education the best decision for families. Schmitt is an instructional leader with experience in building positive relationships, leadership, community involvement, grant writing, and improving student achievement in rural, urban, and suburban schools. Schmitt worked on the New York State Superintendent Development Program where he planned and facilitated leadership lessons to cohorts of future Superintendents. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, as well as an Ed.D. in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. Schmitt holds his permanent certifications as a New York State (NYS) School District Administrator/Supervisor, and holds an AASA National Superintendent Certificate.
Jon Koeng, has served as the School Business Administrator for Trumansburg Central Schools since 2021. Previously, from 2010-2021, he was the Principal at Charles O. Dickerson High School. As School Business Administrator Koeng oversees all financial aspects of the district’s budget, including Budget State Aid, Debt Service, Management of Reserve Funds, Grant application and implementation, and all state and federal financial reporting. Koeng works in close collaboration with the Superintendent and School Board Members to support the districts’ mission and vision as a member of the strategic planning team. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Fredonia, and a Master of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Koeng earned his Educational Administration Certificate from SUNY Brockport and School Business Administration Certificate from SUNY Cortland. Koeng holds a number of permanent certifications including New York State (NYS) School District Business Leader and School District Administrator.
Jeremy Lonneville, Ph.D. has served as the Interim Superintendent of Livonia Central Schools since July 2022; as well as the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Human Resources at Livonia Central Schools since 2018. Prior to that he was the Middle School Principal at Wayland Cohocton Central Schools. As Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Human Resources at Livonia Central Schools, he created and managed annual budgets, created and implemented an annual open enrollment process leading to 10% savings in District benefit costs, created long-term vehicle replacement plan leading to decreased labor and repair costs, and worked with Food Service Department to implement a summer meal program. He directs a number of district initiatives such as leading the $43 Million capital project, and formulating and monitoring the annual budget. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Roberts Wesleyan University, two Masters of Science from Le Moyne & Niagara University and a doctorate from Niagara University. Lonneville holds a number of permanent certifications including New York State (NYS) School District Business Leader and School District Leader.
The finalists will visit the district on April 20th, 24th and 25th. Schmitt will visit on April 20, Koeng on April 24 and Lonneville on April 25. Various groups of district stakeholders will interview each candidate throughout the day. In addition, meet and greet forums, which are open to the public, will be held each day in the Connell Building Cafeteria located at 40 Spring Street from 4:00pm to 4:40pm. Final interviews with the BOE will follow the meet and greet forums. The anticipated start date for the new Superintendent is July 1, 2023.
Kevin MacDonald, District Superintendent of Genesee Valley BOCES, who is acting as the search consultant, said the Board has developed and implemented a rigorous process that will help determine the best candidate. “Each finalist will visit and go through another round of interviews at the district. The process concludes with the Board meeting to make a final decision,” explained MacDonald.
The Genesee Valley BOCES operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York state.