On March 7, an article published in the Daily Freeman announced that Joseph G. Morgan, superintendent of the Spencer-Van Etten School District, was chosen and then approved, unanimously, by the Rondout Valley Central School District in Ulster County to serve as their next superintendent.
According to the article, Morgan will succeed Rosario Agostaro, who is retiring on June 30 after serving as head of the district for nine years.
The Rondout School Board President, Breanna Casey, stated in the article that Morgan was one of seven finalists that were interviewed.
“We had a solid number of candidates from several states apply for the position,” Casey stated in the article, adding that Morgan’s educational experience, collaborative leadership style and background working with an agricultural program stood out.
Morgan began his instructional career in 1994, as a teacher of Advanced Placement economics at Schroeder High School in Webster, near Rochester, and later became the school’s assistant principal. In 2003, he became principal position of Willink Middle School, also in Webster, and later became the director of instructional technology and data management for the 9,000-student district, according to a press release obtained by the Daily Freeman.
In 2010, Morgan became superintendent of schools for the Spencer-Van Etten Central School District in Tioga County, and has held that position ever since.
In the Daily Freeman article, Morgan stated, “I believe in service leadership and collaboration, and I got a really good feeling from the [Rondout Valley] Board of Education throughout the application process,” and added, “I could sense their pride in the students and schools, and their desire to move the district forward, which is very exciting.”
Morgan holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from the University of Rochester. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse.