Akron Superintendent Ronald G. DeCarli will be taking the top job in the Frontier School District in March.
He has signed a contract keeping him in Frontier through Dec. 31, 2010. DeCarli did not apply for the job when it was originally advertised, but he was recruited to enter the race after the Frontier School Board was unable to reach a consensus on either of its two finalists.
The board approved DeCarli's contract, 8-0, Monday night.
"The most prominent factor and the most appealing factor was his successful experience, the fact he has served in just about every capacity in the educational arena," said Frontier School Board President Gerald R. Baldelli.
DeCarli has more than a decade of experience teaching math, biology and chemistry; he was a high school principal for six years; and he spent more than three years as superintendent in Hinsdale, in the Southern Tier, and then seven years as superintendent in Akron. He will be earning $170,000 a year in Frontier, the same salary he was getting in Akron, a district with about one-third the students. DeCarli could not be reached to comment.
Frontier has grappled with its share of difficulties, from voters rejecting a budget to having two superintendents in two years to having three employees charged with improper contact with children.
Baldelli said one Akron employee told the Frontier board that DeCarli sees challenges as opportunities. When the Frontier board appointed DeCarli, Baldelli told him, "Welcome to the land of opportunities."
"Ron was a Division I basketball coach for St. Bonaventure," Baldelli said later. "I think he has those athletic juices flowing all the time. We've had our share of challenges the last year or so. I think he views us as moving into a higher level of competition and a higher level of challenge."