Dr. Aaron Johnson appointed new WI Superintendent

Dr. Aaron Johnson appointed new West Irondequoit Superintendent
Posted on 12/21/2018
Dr. Aaron Johnson with Board of Education.

Dr. Aaron Johnson was appointed the next Superintendent of the West Irondequoit Central School District on Friday at a special meeting of the Board of Education. The 45-year-old will succeed longtime Superintendent Jeffrey B. Crane, who is retiring on December 31, 2018 after a 44-year career in education.

Johnson has been Superintendent of Schools at Avon Central since 2015. He is scheduled to start at West Irondequoit on March 4 after finishing his duties in Avon, south of Rochester. Dr. Jon G. Hunter will serve as Interim Superintendent at WICSD from January 1 to March 3, 2019. Hunter was an Assistant Principal at Irondequoit High School from 1985-88 and an Interim Principal and Deputy Assistant Superintendent at WICSD in 2014.

Johnson has been a teacher and administrator for more than 20 years.

"My family and I could not be more excited to be joining the West Irondequoit community,” Johnson said. “The West Irondequoit Central School District has a brilliant reputation as an innovative leader and champion for children in the Rochester region that makes it an excellent place to live, learn and lead. My hat goes off to the staff and the Board of Education for leading such a comprehensive and deep screening process. It is evident that West Irondequoit has a firm moral compass, devoted leaders and a strong staff who keep children at the heart of their work."

A four-month search that started in August and was led by School Leadership, LLC, assisted the Board of Education in identifying 22 qualified applicants. To develop those job specifications and desired qualities of the next Superintendent, the District conducted 11 focus groups among school personnel and held two community forums. A total of 374 responses from an online survey also were reviewed. 

“Aaron Johnson has developed a strong reputation as a dynamic educator and determined leader who understands the most important job of any school district is to provide a comprehensive and quality education for all children,” Board of Education President John Vay said. “He is exactly the type of leader we need, one who will engage and inspire, as well as maintain the high standard established by Mr. Crane.”

Johnson and his wife, Ainslie, have a son, Abel, 3. Johnson began his career as teacher in 1997 in Hilton and then taught Earth Science and Biology at Gates Chili from 1998-2008. He became an Assistant Principal at Gates for two years before serving as Principal at Byron-Bergen Junior/Senior High School from 2010-15.

Johnson graduated from Cassadaga Valley in Sinclairville, Chautauqua County, south of Buffalo. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in science at SUNY Brockport, where he also earned his Masters’ degree in Education. He earned his doctorate in 2015 from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. At UR, he was selected as the Tyll van Geel Educational Leadership Award winner.

“The Board would like to thank the staff, students and community for helping us in the search process,” Vay said. “We are looking forward to this new era at West Irondequoit.”

For media inquiries, contact WICSD Director of Public Information,
 Jeff DiVeronica, at Jeffrey_DiVeronica@westiron.monroe.edu.