District welcomes new faces to the administrative fold
June 21, 2019 – During its regular meeting June 19, the Moravia Board of Education approved the appointment of two new administrators as well as a senior account clerk in the business office.
“Each of them brings a skill set that will be an instant value-add to our district initiatives,” Superintendent of Schools John Birmingham said of the new hires.
On July 8, Karl O’Leary comes on board as the new Moravia High School principal. He replaces Bryan Ford, who earlier this month notified the district he had accepted a position with the Holland Central School District near Buffalo to be nearer to his mother, after his father’s sudden passing earlier this year. Mr. O’Leary currently works as the principal of exceptional education for TST BOCES in Ithaca. Previously, he served an administrative internship at Greene Central School District (2018) and was the middle school/high school principal at the Delaware Academy in Delhi, New York (2017). Between 2003 and 2017, Mr. O’Leary worked as an English teacher in several New York communities, including Downsville, Walton, Port Jefferson, Mount Sinai and Conklin, and in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mr. O’Leary holds a master’s advanced graduate certificate from the State University College at Cortland, a master’s degree in English from the State University College at Stony Brook and a bachelor’s degree from State University College at Oneonta. He anticipates earning a doctoral degree in transformative leadership next spring.
“I am honored to join the Moravia community and be a part of a wonderful organization that will continue to provide growth opportunities for student success,” Mr. O’Leary said.
Effective July 1, Moravia’s own Todd Mulvaney moves into the role of athletic director/dean of students, replacing Mike Anderson, who recently resigned his position. Mr. Mulvaney, a Moravia alumnus, has taught physical education for the past two years at Millard Fillmore Elementary School and has served as head basketball coach at Moravia for the past 12 years. Prior to joining the Moravia CSD staff, Mr. Mulvaney – who holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from State University College at Brockport and a master’s in health education from State University College at Cortland – taught for 14 years in the Auburn Enlarged City School District.
"Moravia Central School is a very special place to me,” Mr. Mulvaney said. “My family and I are extremely excited to serve our district and community in this new role."
In addition, the BOE appointed Jodie Rusaw as the district’s new senior account clerk in the business office. Ms. Rusaw will replace Beverly Common, who retires this year after 34 years of service to the school district.
“Beverly will be sorely missed and can never be replaced,” Business Administrator Jeffrey Lawrence said. “We wish her the best of luck on the next chapter of her life as we welcome Jodie, who is embarking on creating her own legacy by joining the Moravia CSD family.”