Mr. Hoose's Submits Letter of Intent to Retire
Superintendent Michael Hoose has submitted his official letter of intent to retire from the Cortland Enlarged City School District. Mr. Hoose has served as Superintendent since 2012 and is intending to retire no later than June 30th.
The search for a replacement will begin shortly. “We will solicit input from all stakeholders as we move through the process,” Janet Griffin, Board of Education president said. “That includes students, staff, and community members,” she continued. Griffin anticipates that the search will be led by Dr. Jeffery Matteson, District Superintendent of TST BOCES.
After graduating from SUNY Oswego, Mr. Hoose began his teaching career as a technology education teacher in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He later became a mechanical designer and project manager for a major theater equipment manufacturer. Following his work in the private sector, which included founding his own custom cabinet business, Mr. Hoose returned to the education field. He completed his Masters in Educational Leadership through Canisius College and went on to land a job as an Assistant Principal in Leroy, N.Y. He continued to grow his career from there, making a stop as a K-12 building Principal in Arkport, N.Y. before moving on to being named Superintendent of Romulus, N.Y.
“Working these past eight years in Cortland has been a great capstone to my career,” Mr. Hoose said. “When I think about retirement, I have mixed feelings, as it is definitely bittersweet for me. My favorite part of this job is working with the people and students. Although I am excited to start the next chapter of my life, I will miss the daily interactions with all of the students and staff. We have some great people here,” Mr. Hoose continued.
When asked what his greatest accomplishment has been during his time at the helm of Cortland’s district, Mr. Hoose was proud of the evolution of the district over the past eight years. He credits the hard work of the staff and community in moving Cortland forward. “We have made significant strides on student achievement and our graduation rate,” Mr. Hoose explained. “We have implemented a guaranteed and viable curriculum K-12 to ensure no matter what teacher a student has, they will receive the same education and master the same learning standards. In addition, the district is fiscally more sound and the facilities are greatly improved due to the hard work and tough decisions made over the past few years.”
For the next chapter of his life, Mr. Hoose hopes to travel and spend more time with his two grandchildren who currently reside in Virginia. He and his wife have never been to Europe and are planning a trip to Denmark and Tonga to visit relatives. He hopes that he is remembered for, “creating an environment where people want to come to work and do the best they can every day for kids.” We wish Mr. Hoose luck as he starts the next chapter of his life!