CVCS Board Honors Veteran, Appoints Middle-High School Principal

Jeanne Oag, Cassadaga Valley Central School board president, presents Dan Jaquith, a U.S. Army veteran, with his official high school diploma. P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti


SINCLAIRVILLE — Nearly five decades after being called upon to serve his country, Dan Jaquith has finally received his high school diploma.

At its Monday morning, the Cassadaga Valley Central School District’s Board of Education presented Jaquith with his diploma by way of Operation Recognition — part of the NYS Education Law recognizing the dedication and sacrifice of World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans who left school before graduation by awarding them a high school diploma.

As a high school student, Jaquith was drafted into the U.S. Army and subsequently served as a military member from July 1969 until July 1971. Following basic training and additional military occupational specialty training in Fort Knox, Tenn., he served for 11 months in Vietnam, and served an additional two years in the reserves following his discharge.

“As a result of his service to our country and Operation Recognition, we are proud to present Mr. Dan James Jaquith with his official high school diploma,” said Charles Leichner, Cassadaga Valley superintendent. “In doing so, the Cassadaga Valley Central School District wants to thank Mr. Jaquith specifically, as well as other veterans in our district, for their commitment and service.”

Following Leichner’s address, Jaquith was presented his diploma by Jeanne Oag, board president. He was joined at the meeting by his son, Chad, and grandson, Jackson.

In other business, the board approved the appointment of Scot Stutzman to the position of middle-high school principal. Stutzman most recently served as the assistant high school principal at the Fredonia Central School District since 2009, where he also held the position of athletic director for the past three years.

Following a comprehensive search process, Stutzman was selected by the board based on his extensive experience as an administrator and his record of service on behalf of the students, parents and staff members with whom he has worked. He will officially assume his new position with the district Feb. 13.

Stutzman, who was in attendance with his wife, Molly, and children, Logan and Reagan, expressed his gratitude to the board and eagerness to begin working with the district in his new capacity.

“I just want to thank Mr. Leichner, the board and the community for this opportunity,” Stutzman said. “The interview process was tremendous; you’ve got a very nice team here. So I’m excited about being here, and I can’t tell you how honored I am.”

Additional personnel items on Monday’s agenda included the appointment of current middle-high school principal Joshua Gilevski to the role of elementary school principal, beginning Feb. 10, and the resignation of current Sinclairville Elementary School principal Jill Benedict, effective Feb. 13.

The full agenda and action items from Monday’s board meeting can be viewed via the district’s website at under the “Our District” and “Board of Education” tabs.