At a special meeting of the Ken-Ton School District Board of Education on April 19, the Board unanimously appointed Stephen Bovino to be the next superintendent of schools. Bovino has served as interim superintendent since January, and input from stakeholders guided the Board of Education in selecting Bovino for the permanent position.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have been appointed superintendent of the Ken-Ton School District,” Bovino said. “Three months ago, I was happy to assist on an interim basis during the transition. At first, I did not intend to be a candidate for the permanent position. But after having the chance to work beside our outstanding staff and our committed administrative team and Board of Education over the past three months, I was honored to have been given the opportunity to serve the district as the next superintendent.”
Bovino retired from the Ken-Ton District in September after nine and a half years as assistant superintendent for human resources. Bovino was part of the leadership team that helped guide the district through numerous changes in state and federal education policy, the state budget crisis, district consolidation, and other challenges.
“Ken-Ton is an exceptional district,” Bovino said. “The spirit of collaboration is strong among our staff, families, and community members. We have cultivated a world-class staff that is working together to address the unique challenges of our time, support our students, and offer the best education possible. Our schools offer an extraordinary array of programs and opportunities for students. I am truly excited for what is on the horizon.”
Bovino began his career in education as a teacher and later an assistant principal in the Williamsville Central School District. Before coming to Ken-Ton, he served as principal of John F. Kennedy High School in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District. He also held a number of management positions in the private sector prior to his educational career. Bovino received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of New Jersey. He holds a Juris Doctor from the George Mason University School of Law. He received his administrative certification at SUNY Brockport. He also completed the Superintendent Development Program (SDP).
In January, the superintendent search process began with a roundtable discussion between members of the Board of Education and parent, teacher, support staff and administrator representatives. The Board of Education partnered with Dr. Lynn Fusco, Erie 1 BOCES district superintendent, to help guide the process. A survey was conducted with hundreds of responses on the attributes and characteristics that stakeholders felt were most important in a superintendent.
Attributes such as putting students first, strong leadership, collaboration with all district stakeholders, honesty, approachability, visibility, ability to communicate, supporting employees in their work, understanding the New York State curriculum, innovation, teacher/administrator experience, ability to motivate and inspire, compassion, and understanding of the community were identified as those most important to all district stakeholders. The Board used the results to compile a profile for next superintendent.
“After reviewing the survey results and compiling the superintendent profile, it was evident that Interim Superintendent Bovino met all of the criteria that the school district community was looking for in a future superintendent,” said Dr. Jill O’Malley, Board of Education president. “He has the knowledge, experience and characteristics that are representative of exactly what the community hoped to see in the next superintendent.”
At the March 7 Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously supported the consideration of Bovino for the permanent superintendent position. Another stakeholder roundtable was held in April and it was clear that there was widespread support for Bovino as superintendent among parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and community members.
“We were grateful when Steve agreed to assist the district during the transition as interim superintendent, and we are thrilled to have Steve assume the permanent superintendent position,” O’Malley said. “Steve has done an outstanding job as interim superintendent over the past three months and we are confident that he is the person best suited to lead the district forward.”