Bemus Point Board Appoints Superintendent

ELLERY-The next leader of the Bemus Point Central School District has been chosen.

On Monday, the district’s board of education held a reorganizational meeting which saw the appointment of Michael Mansfield, elementary school principal, to the position of district superintendent.

“I think the district is in good hands,” said Jacqueline Latshaw, current superintendent, who is retiring on Sept. 1.

According to Latshaw, the board’s decision to appoint the new district leader from within came through the assistance of David O’Rourke, Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES superintendent. She said an interview team comprised of teachers, supervisors, staff, community members, board members and administrators were trained in the interview process by BOCES.

Additionally, she said Mansfield was also required to formulate a presentation outlining his immediate and six-month plans for the district after assuming the role.

“After that long process, (the board) was sure he was the right person, and that’s why they went ahead with the appointment. I think people are, generally, very excited about that choice,” she said.

Mansfield is slated to take up the district reins on Aug. 1, overlapping with Latshaw for a one-month transition period.

In other business, board leadership also underwent a change as Lisa Allenson and John Novotny were appointed to president and vice president, respectively. Allenson, who served previously as vice president, was preceded in the role of president by Patrick Green.

Barry Swanson, who was elected to the board in May, was also sworn in to serve a three-year term.