Dr. Kurtis Kotes named next superintendent of Goshen Schools

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Dr. Kurtis Kotes will return to the Goshen Central School District as its next superintendent of schools. He will begin his new position on July 1.

On Jan. 11, the members of the Goshen Central School District Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Kurtis Kotes as the next superintendent of schools. Dr. Kotes will replace Superintendent Daniel Connor, who will retire at the end of the school year.

The selection is the result of an intensive, months-long search conducted with the assistance of Strategic Educational Advantage, LLC (SEA) that utilized feedback from numerous interviews, surveys and public forums conducted with the school community.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kurtis Kotes as our next Superintendent,” said Board President Jason Pucci. “Dr. Kotes is an educational leader whose dedication to learning and spirit of teamwork will help build upon the district’s excellent programs and initiatives. I look forward to working with Dr. Kotes as he shares his vision for leadership with our school community.”

Dr. Kotes is a familiar and well-respected name in the Goshen Schools community. He came to Goshen in December 2011 to serve as principal of Goshen High School, and in 2015, was named assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction, personnel and technology. He held the position until July 2018 when he departed the district to serve as superintendent of schools at the Mount Pleasant Central School District.

Now, Dr. Kotes will return to lead the district as its next superintendent of schools. His duties begin July 1.

“I look forward to working with Goshen staff, families and students to help shape the future of the district, especially as we look to recover from the effects of the global pandemic,” said Dr. Kotes. “We need to move safely from an air of uncertainty to proactive solutions that allow our children to safely return to learning environments that are nurturing, supportive and fulfilling. Together, we can recommit ourselves to reigniting a love of learning in our schools, and create a community of which we are all proud.”

Dr. Kotes received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from SUNY Albany, followed by a Masters in Secondary Education from Mount Saint Mary College. He then received administrative certification from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as well as a doctorate in educational leadership from St. John Fisher College.