The Avon Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE), has named three finalists for the district’s next Superintendent. Rodney George, President of the Avon Central School District’sBOE, noted how the search drew a high-quality pool of candidates and is enthused about the potential the three finalists have to offer.
“We are extremely pleased with the quality of the finalists selected by the group of stakeholders, which consisted of staff, faculty, students, and community members,” said George. “We are confident that one of these candidates will be the best Superintendent for our school district and community.”
The finalists are Ryan P. Pacatte, Ed.D., Kenneth Hammel, and Frank Bai-Rossi.
Dr. Pacatte is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Learning for the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District in Palmyra, New York, a position he has held since 2013. Some of his responsibilities include overseeing the instruction of almost 1,900 students in grades K-12, developing and leading curriculum initiatives, and the expansion of professional learning systems for all staff. Through his leadership, Palmyra-Macedon High School graduated more than 90 percent of its seniors in 2011-12, the highest graduation rate at this high school at that time. Previously, Dr. Pacatte served as Principal of Palmyra-Macedon High School from 2010-2013, where he worked in partnership with students, teachers and parents to lead a student body of 600 students. From 2002 until 2010, Dr. Pacatte was the Assistant Principal at Brighton High School in Brighton, New York. In this position, Dr. Pacatte was responsible for over 400 students and collaborated with English, Social Studies, and Language Departments to plan curricular initiatives.
In 1995, Dr. Pacatte began his work in education as an English teacher at Bath-Haverling High School in Bath, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master of Science degree from The College at Brockport. He holds a New York State Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from The College at Brockport. Dr. Pacatte received a doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.
Hammel is currently the Principal of Gates Chili High School in Gates, New York, a position he has held since 2015. In his current role, Hammel oversees the instruction of over 1,300 students. His duties include working with teacher leaders to develop a master schedule and course offerings as well as developing systems to maximize remediation and credit recovery opportunities. From 2013-2015, Hammel served as the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for Gates Chili Central Schools, where he oversaw the health and physical education curriculum for this school district, provided professional development, as well as training and re-certification for all teachers and coaches.
Previous to this position, Hammel served as the Principal of Attica Senior High School in Attica, New York from 2009 until 2013. In this role, he led grades 9-12 students and staff through the required curricula aligned to the New York State Learning Standards while transitioning to the Common Core Learning Standards. He started his teaching career in 1993 as a Physical Education/Health teacher at the Attica Central School District in Attica, New York.
Hammel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Science degree from The College at Brockport. He completed the Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and earned a certification in Educational Leadership. Hammel holds a New York State School District Administrator Certificate.
Bai-Rossi is currently the Principal of Midlakes Middle-High School in the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District located in Clifton Springs, New York, where he has served since 2014. He oversees over 100 staff and faculty members and almost 500 students. Under Bai-Rossi’s leadership, Midlakes Middle-High School graduation rates have improved to over 90 percent. Bai-Rossi guided the addition of a number of course offerings at Midlakes Middle-High School including AP World History, Pre-AP World, Gemini Photography, Accelerated 7th grade Math, Gemini Environmental and Advanced PE. In the summer of 2015, he successfully led a large construction project. Prior to his role at the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District, Bai-Rossi was the Assistant Principal at Penfield High School from 2007 until 2014. As Assistant Principal, he oversaw 12th grade students, supervised the Social Studies, Business, Music, Art, and Technology Departments and served on a number of groups including the district APPR and Budget Committees. He taught in the Greece Central School District for six years as a special education teacher and also a special education lead teacher. Bai-Rossi began his career in education in 1995 as a special education teacher at Hillside Children’s Center in a 6:1:1 classroom.
Bai-Rossi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Alfred University. He holds a Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Nazareth College. He holds a New York State Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from Canisius College and also completed the New York State Superintendent Development Program at SUNY Oswego.
The finalists will visit the district next week, Dr. Pacatte on Tuesday, November 12, Hammel on Wednesday, November 13 and Bai-Rossi on Thursday, November 14. Meet and greet forums, which are open to the public, will be held each of these days at Avon High School Library from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Final interviews with the BOE will follow the meet and greet forums. The anticipated start date for the new Superintendent is January 6, 2020.
Kevin MacDonald, District Superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, who is acting as search consultant, said the Board has developed and implemented a process that will help determine the best candidate.
“This is a rigorous search process,” MacDonald explained. “Finalists will visit at the district, and go through another round of interviews. The process concludes with the Board meeting to make a final decision.”
The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York state.