C-R announces new superintendent

C-R announces new superintendent
Posted on 06/09/2022
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Mr. Matthew Sickles, a longtime educator and school leader, has been chosen as the next superintendent of schools at Cobleskill-Richmondville. He was unanimously appointed by the Board of Education during a special meeting on June 9, 2022.

Sickles, who currently serves as Superintendent of Phelps-Clifton Springs (Midlakes) Central School District in the Finger Lakes Region, will begin his term at C-R on Sept. 1, 2022.

“I am honored and humbled that the Cobleskill-Richmondville Board of Education selected me to serve the students and families of this community and continue its proud traditions,” Sickles said. “I look forward to meeting students, staff, and community members and learning firsthand everything that makes Cobleskill-Richmondville such a great place to learn. I can’t wait to get started!”

Sickles was chosen following a search process that included community input through forums and surveys, an extensive review of applications and interviews with several highly qualified candidates.

His background includes instructional leadership, strategic planning, facilities planning, responsible budgeting and community partnerships – all qualities that the community had indicated were critically important for C-R’s next leader. He has worked as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.

“The community made clear to us that our next leader should be a strong communicator and collaborator, committed to excellence in instruction and education, and experienced in fiscal management,” said Bruce Tryon, C-R’s Board of Education president. “Mr. Sickles certainly met each of those criteria. We are very excited to welcome him to C-R and look forward to his leadership furthering us in our mission – to educate, inspire and empower all of our students.”

Tryon's full message to the community can be found here: Letter announcing new superintendent

Sickles replaces Mr. Carl Mummenthey, who has led C-R for the past eight years. Mr. Mummenthey is leaving July 1 to become the Superintendent at Niskayuna Central School District.

At C-R, Sickles will be making a homecoming to the Capital Region. He was born and raised in Schaghticoke (Rensselaer County), and he holds degrees from Siena College (bachelor’s in history) and Union College (master of arts in teaching). His professional life began at Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, where he was a high school social studies teacher, department administrator and then assistant and associate principal. He also spent 12 years in Schuylerville CSD as a principal before becoming superintendent at Midlakes in 2017.

Sickles and his wife of 25 years, Laurie, are the parents of two daughters: Abby (23) and Ella (20). In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, ancestry research, Civil War history, reading crime novels and travelling. He’s also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys.