Fort Plain BOE announces superintendent
JUNE 18, 2015 - The Fort Plain Central School
District Board of Education has announced three finalists in its
search for a new superintendent of schools. Until the board selects
its final candidate, Dr. Patrick Michel, HFM BOCES District
Superintendent, will serve as interim superintendent at Fort Plain,
effective July 1. The board will announce when the new
superintendent will assume his duties after contract negotiations
Paul Berry has been the superintendent of the
Hadley-Luzerne Central School District since 2012. Under his
direction, the district saw improved student achievement and
graduation rates. For the first two years as superintendent, Dr.
Berry also served as part-time business administrator. In his role
in school finance, he wrote successful grants awarding more than
$400,000 to the district.
Dr. Berry previously served as middle school
principal and district-wide curriculum coordinator for Galway
Central School District, principal at Peru Middle School and as
assistant principal at Peru Junior/Senior High School in Peru, NY.
He holds a PhD in Education Administration from the University at
Albany, a Master’s degree in education and a Bachelor’s degree in
Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Berry started his
education career as a high school counselor at Northeastern Clinton
Central School in Champlain, NY.
Thomas D. Sincavage has served as the
Superintendent in Wells Central School District since 2012. Under
his direction, the district successfully launched a capital project
to improve safety and security at the school, and realigned
administrative and business office functions to help the district
weather difficult economic times under the new tax levy cap. He is a
strong advocate of the use of data to inform teaching strategies.
A career educator, Mr. Sincavage graduated
from SUNY Oswego’s education program and received his Master’s in
Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology and his
administrative certification in Educational Administration and
Policy Studies from SUNY Albany.
Prior to Wells, Sincavage taught mathematics
in Mexico Academy Central School District, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk,
and Canajoharie. In 2006, he became Canajoharie’s middle school
principal, and in 2007 assumed the curriculum coordinator role for
the district, where he lead the Canajoharie Inquiry Team tasked with
implementing the state’s Common Core Standards.
David Ziskin is currently the High School
principal in the Greater Amsterdam School District. A strong
advocate for teacher-leaders, he has presented in support of
graduate-level, clinically rich teacher preparation programs to the
New York State Department of Education. He serves on the NYSED/SUNY
Advisory Board for the Smart Scholars Early College High School
Initiative, and has served on the SUNY Task Force for Remediation.
Mr. Ziskin is a Fellow with the LEAF Foundation Future
Superintendents Academy and has presented on school improvement
methodology and embracing diversity to promote educational equity
through the Capital Area School Development Association and the NYU
Steinhardt Metropolitan Center for Urban Education Summer Institute.
Mr. Ziskin previously served as high school
principal in the Greater Johnstown School District and as assistant
principal/athletic director at Broadalbin-Perth High School. He
began his education career as a social studies teacher in Broadalbin
and Amsterdam school districts.
He holds a Master’s in Teaching Social Studies
from SUNY Albany, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from
SUNY Plattsburgh. Mr. Ziskin earned his school district
administrator certification from SUNY Plattsburgh and Massachusetts
College of Liberal Arts. He is currently engaged in doctoral studies
in Educational Leadership at Sage Graduate College.
HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick
Michel is facilitating the search process for Fort Plain.