Editor's Note: The following release was submitted by the Hendrick Hudson School District.
The Hendrick Hudson Board of Education is pleased to announce that it has chosen Joseph E. Hochreiter, Superintendent of the Elmira City School District, as Hendrick Hudson’s next Superintendent of Schools. Hochreiter will be appointed tonight at the Board of Education meeting to a three-year term effective July 1, 2013.
Hochreiter’s appointment culminates an extensive and thoughtful search process that began last fall, with the setting of goals by the Board of Education, significant community input and interviews of qualified applicants. Candidates were not only interviewed by the Board of Education but four finalists were interviewed by the district’s search committee, comprising a diverse group of community residents. The board plans to appoint Hochreiter to a three-year term effective July 1, 2013.
“While all finalists were very impressive, Hochreiter’s experience and achievements stood out, making him the obvious choice to lead our district into the future,” said Board of Education President Mary-Pat Briggi. “We were impressed his energy and educational philosophy, his sense of optimism and enthusiasm and his ability to connect with and inspire our diverse group of stakeholders.”
Hochreiter comes to Hendrick Hudson schools, having served as Superintendent of the Elmira City School District since 2009. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Superintendent of Schools in Elmira from 2006 to 2009.
Hochreiter led the Elmira City School District, a diverse district with a wide range of cultures and needs, through challenging times. He implemented a strategic plan for the district, improved curriculum and increased community involvement. Under his direction, student achievement in Elmira improved; the district received numerous grants that he had authored; and a capital projects bond was passed that included more than $14 million in technology upgrades for all schools.
Hochreiter began his public education career as a special education teacher in social studies, in the Greece Olympia High School in Rochester from 2000-2003. He then worked as a middle school assistant principal and then high school principal, both in Dansville, New York. While at Dansville High School, he implemented initiatives such as block scheduling, partnerships with post-secondary institutions and effective alternative education programs. He has published numerous articles on educational leadership and has presented at many national conferences.
Hochreiter received his bachelor’s degree in Inclusion Education and Social Studies from Niagara University and a master’s degree from Niagara University in Educational Administration and Supervision. He completed coursework for his doctorate at the University of Rochester and is completing his dissertation.
“I am honored that the Hendrick Hudson Board has selected me for this important role at such a critical time. The District has an outstanding record of accomplishment in academics and co-curricular areas,” said Hochreiter. “My hope is to continue to build on the excellent work that has been done and provide visionary leadership to ensure Hendrick Hudson becomes a world class school district and fulfills the mission of its strategic plan to help each student maximize his or her potential.”
Dr. Brian Monahan has served the school district as an Interim Superintendent since July 1, 2012 and shall continue working until June 30, 2012.
“Dr. Monahan has served our district with distinction during our transition year and the Board of Education is extremely grateful for the calmness, warmth and stability he has brought us this year,” said Briggi. “Dr. Monahan has impressed us with his ability to communicate and connect with our entire community and has been responsive to all stakeholders’ needs during this challenging year,” she added.
“The Board of Education looks forward to welcoming Hochreiter into our community, so we can focus, with renewed hope and energy, on our plans for Hendrick Hudson's future, full of great things for our students and staff,” said Briggi.
*The original headline has been corrected to reflect that Hen Hud schools will appoint a new superintendent tonight, not a new principal.