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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339





Fort Plain BOE announces David Ziskin as new superintendent

JULY 6, 2015 - The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education has announced its choice of David W. Ziskin as new superintendent of schools. Ziskin is currently the high school principal for the Greater Amsterdam School District. Pending successful contract negotiations, he is expected to assume his responsibilities at Fort Plain on Sept. 1, 2015 or sooner.

David Ziskin has served as the high school principal in Amsterdam since 2008. Before that, he was the high school principal at Fonda-Fultonville Central School District for two years, and assistant principal and director of athletics at Broadalbin-Perth Central Schools from 2002-2005. His career in education began as a high school social studies teacher in Amsterdam and Broadalbin-Perth.

Prior to his position at Amsterdam, Ziskin spent a year as senior associate for the Successful Practices Network, a not-for-profit partner of the International Center for Leadership in Education where he coordinated a Gates Foundation-funded initiative that studied the practices of effective high schools around the nation.

During the 2012-13 school year, Ziskin was one of 20 fellows selected to participate in the LEAF Inc./New York State Council of School Superintendents Future Superintendents Academy. The yearlong intensive training included topics on instructional and fiscal leadership, governance, strategic planning and communication.

While at Amsterdam, Ziskin oversaw the Comprehensive Education Planning Team, whose initiatives improved instruction and helped increase graduation rates among students with disabilities from 18 percent to 45 percent and Hispanic students from 32 percent to over 50 percent.

Ziskin explained the success in Amsterdam during the application process for the Fort Plain superintendent’s position.

“I feel that I have been successful in uniting a team to work toward a common vision at Amsterdam High School. I strongly believe that I can replicate this type of atmosphere at the district level where individuals embrace the goals we are working toward because they have invested in the development of those goals,” Ziskin said.

“My priority as superintendent will be to support the well-being of students and student learning. I will do so by developing trusting relationships with our administrative team, teacher-leaders, the Board of Education and the community that support the development of an educational plan that leads to continued professional growth of our educators and best serves students as we continue to navigate difficult, unpredictable conditions.”

Ziskin holds a master’s in Teaching Social Studies from SUNY Albany and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. He 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.

The Fort Plain board narrowed its field of applicants to three finalists before deciding on David Ziskin as the district's new chief administrator. In addition, the board interviewed Wells Central School District Superintendent Thomas Sincavage and Hadley-Luzerne Central School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Berry.

HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel facilitated the search process for Fort Plain.