At the June 21, 2022, Board of Education meeting the HF-L Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the Superintendent’s contract by five years, through June 2027. The new contract went into effect immediately upon resolution.
Superintendent Gene Mancuso began his tenure with the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District in March of 2013 and has led the District throughout the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and through the past three capital projects.
“It is an honor to continue to work with this great Board of Education, this wonderful community and the HF-L school district,” Mancuso said. “The pandemic impacted every aspect of teaching and learning. The whole structure we operate on was shattered by health concerns, the fear that those concerns engendered, and the fact we couldn’t be together. The last several years have been the most challenging in my 31-year career.”
Early on, Mancuso recognized the need to pull in many voices to help the District get through these new challenges. The numerous versions of COVID-19 re-opening task forces, meeting collectively with teacher and staff leaders, program budget advisory councils, capital project feasibility committees, and district safety committees are all designed to maximize community input.
“In HF-L, there are numerous community members with unique backgrounds in medicine, industry, public safety, and innovation that have been truly invaluable as we partnered to find creative solutions prior to and throughout the pandemic,” said Mancuso.
A school superintendent implements the school board’s vision by making day-to-day decisions about educational programs, spending, staff, and facilities, The Superintendent ensures policies are implemented and practiced district-wide. The Superintendent hires, supervises, and manages the central staff and principals. The Superintendent receives a written evaluation annually in accordance with Commissioner’s Regulations section 100.2 and holds the professional responsibility to perform all duties set forth in Section 1711 of the Education Law of New York as well as that authority granted or imposed by the Commissioner of Education and those implied by or reasonably necessary to carry out the position of Superintendent of Schools.
Mancuso believes that every decision made, and action taken revolves around providing all students with multiple opportunities to reach their potential, as well as feel good about themselves and their own learning.
Mancuso has a strong connection to tradition while keeping an eye and vision on the future. Mancuso joined the U.S. Army out of high school, and eventually began his teaching career in 1991. He has been a teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.
“I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by educators, who foster passion, fuel curiosity, and are committed to working together to transform lives. It remains an honor to work in partnership with the community in serving the needs of the students of HF-L,” said Mancuso.
In accordance with the District’s practices, the new contract will be posted online and can be found at https://www.hflcsd.org/documents/human-resources/collective-bargaining-agreements/266694