Incoming Salem schools Superintendent David Glover believes his background in a rural school district will be an asset as he moves into his new role.
“Rural schools in the state face equity issues in funding. We face challenges with enrollment,” he said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Glover, who is superintendent for the roughly 350-student Morristown Central School District in St. Lawrence County, is expected to take over at Salem on Nov. 19. The school board on Sept. 17 voted to approve a contract lasting three years and seven months, with an initial salary of $125,000.
“The family is excited, geared up to move across the state and get started in the community,” he said.
Glover said he was attracted to Salem because it is a small district with roughly 560 students, but it still offers students opportunities such as advanced placement courses and high school electives.
“It just felt like a good fit,” he said.
Glover said Salem officials were welcoming during the interview process. He looks forward to starting his new position.
“The first thing is to get in and start to learn. Learn about the community. Learn about the programs that are available. Get to know people; get to know families,” he said.
He believes he can offer a fresh perspective, while reinforcing things the district is doing well.
“I’ve done well in other places, looking to improve opportunities for kids,” he said.
Getting familiar with the budget also will be a top priority, according to Glover, so he can begin work on the 2015-2016 spending plan.
This is his 18th year in education. Glover, 41, said he has always aspired to be a superintendent.
He is in his sixth year at Morristown. Before that, he was principal at Hornell High School from 2006 to 2009. He began by teaching English and social studies at school districts in North Carolina and New York. He then served as assistant principal at Saratoga Springs High School and Horseheads High School in Chemung County.
For the moment, Glover and his family are busy packing.
“We’re a little crazy right now,” he said. “It’s a very short time frame and a lot to do. It’s good crazy to have.”
Glover will take over for Tom McGowan, who has held the position on an interim basis since August 2013, when Kerri Zappala-Piemme left to become professor of educational administration at SUNY Plattsburgh’s program at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Queensbury.