Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown said Tuesday he will not be leaving the district to become the next superintendent of schools in Rochester, contrary to reports.
“I’ll stay here as long as this board of education and community wants me to,” Brown said to WHCU Radio on June 21.
Previously, although neither Brown nor the Rochester City School District had made any formal statements regarding the open RCSD position, WHCU reported Brown had been offered the role, and contract negotiations for the position were underway.
Yet, although Brown said he has received several job offers in the last year, he said his children are students in Ithaca City Schools, and that has been a determining factor in his decision to stay.
“While the other opportunities may be enticing or sound good, and as a public educator, my job is to serve young people all over the country and all over our state, the two most important students in this state, and in this country, for me, are living in my house,” Brown told WHCU.
He then also referred to ICSD as the “best in the nation.”
Earlier this month, RCSD School Board President Van White had announced the district selected its candidate for the superintendent position, and that the board would name the individual within the following week.
However, according to White, the board was unable to come to a final agreement with its final candidate, although he still did not confirm Brown had been the final candidate for the position.
And, in keeping with the board’s closed search process, White said RCSD still won’t be revealing any names.
“We’re still not confirming what people were in our search process, because we made a commitment that we wouldn’t reveal who they were,” he stated. “We’re still not telling people because we made a commitment, and we’re going to keep that commitment.”
Nonetheless, White said the board is still in the process of choosing from several qualified candidates, and RCSD still plans to meet its goal of selecting a final candidate by the beginning of July.
In the meantime, he said current RCSD interim superintendent Linda Cimusz has agreed to extend her time with the district through the end of July.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a long time,” White stated. “We had a goal of the end of June, beginning of July; I still think we can meet that. We made an agreement with Linda Cimusz, just to give us that extra space, in case we need some extra time.”