BALLSTON SPA – After an exhaustive search, the Ballston Spa Central School District has selected a new superintendent. Kenneth Slentz will be appointed as the new superintendent of schools at the June 6 Board of Education meeting. Slentz currently serves as the superintendent of the Skaneateles Central School District, located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York.
“Mr. Slentz impressed the board with his years of experience in many different educational capacities, including the time he spent at the State Education Department,” said Kevin Schaefer, president of the Ballston Spa CSD Board of Education. “The board is in complete agreement Mr. Slentz will be able to lead the Ballston Spa Central School District forward so that our students will continue to be exposed to many great opportunities. We welcome him and his wife to our community.”
Prior to joining the Skaneateles district, Slentz served for five years as the deputy commissioner for prekindergarten through 12th-grade education for the New York state Education Department. During his 24 years in public education, Slentz has also served as a teaching assistant, as a middle school social studies teacher, as a curriculum coordinator, and as a principal, as well as a superintendent at both Long Lake Central School District and West Canada Valley Central School District.
The Skaneateles Central School District Board of Education previously praised Slentz for improving curriculum and programming, and stabilizing the district’s budget processes, among other efforts.
Slentz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree in education from SUNY Oswego and received administrative certification from SUNY Plattsburgh.
He was chosen through a confidential search conducted by the Ballston Spa Board of Education with help from Capital Region BOCES. Also included in the process were a small group of stakeholders who represented central and building level administration, teaching and support staff, operations staff and community members.
“We are confident our exhaustive search helped us find the right person to lead our school district,” said Sue Filburn, Ballston Spa School Board vice president. “Mr. Slentz’s extensive experience will serve our students, schools and the entire community well.”
Slentz and his wife Katie have one daughter, Keller, who is a graduate of Skaneateles Central School District. Slentz will begin at Ballston Spa on August 20.
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