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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339





Fort Plain BOE announces superintendent finalists

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 are complete.

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.