As New York State School Superintendent of the Year, Ike is now eligible for a national superintendent award.
PALMYRA — Like many in the Palmyra-Macedon school community, state educators also appear to like Superintendent Bob Ike, especially his accomplishments.
The New York State Council of School Superintendents on Wednesday announced that Ike was named the 2018 New York State School Superintendent of the Year. Ike is now New York’s candidate for national superintendent of the year.
Ike said he holds his service to the children of Palmyra-Macedon in high regard and he is honored to have been selected among his colleagues as Superintendent of the Year.
“The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District is what it is today because of the people who live and work in our community and the students who care about their school," Ike said in a prepared statement. "When a community has faith in the school district, students, faculty, and staff are able to thrive. When a Board of Education establishes a sense of trust and collaboration, hope is alive, and solidifies an attitude that public education matters in our community and is valued as an investment in the future.”
Ike assumed his position as superintendent of the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District in August 2007. He and his family live in Palmyra. He is a graduate of South Seneca High School and is a former teacher in the Romulus Central School District.
Ike was recognized by his peers with the 2017 Genesee Valley ASCD Award for “outstanding work” in school supervision; the 2006 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Belleville Henderson FFA, when serving as superintendent of Belleville Henderson Central School District; and as the 2004 Middle School Principal of the Year, when principal of Newfield Middle School, by the School Administrators Association of New York State and National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Ike was elected by his colleagues to represent the superintendents of the state on the Executive Committee of the NYS Council of School Superintendents and has been co-chair and co-author of a a leadership study, “Snapshot of the Superintendency.” He serves as an adjunct professor and leadership coach with the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester and serves on the faculty of the Superintendent Development Program at the State University of New York College at Oswego.
“Bob Ike is respected statewide as an educational leader and always exemplifies the best of our profession,” said Charles Dedrick, executive director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. “As a member of our Executive Committee, he is a thoughtful and informed leader providing keen insight on key issues affecting our state. As the chair of the Snapshot Committee, he also understands how important superintendent leadership is to a school district’s success to enable to provide students with a comprehensive educational experience.”
Under Ike’s leadership, Pal-Mac experienced great transformational change. Encountering a tumultuous situation upon taking office 10 years ago, he set out to conduct “100 Interviews in 100 Days” to see how the district’s operations, communication, and image could be improved. Words being used to describe the district and its climate at that time included “the need for teamwork” and “not transparent.”
Ike recently conducted a second round of “100 Interviews in 100 Days” a decade later and learned the district and community have seen tremendous growth, which many credit to his leadership and focused vision.
Sharon Lang, president of the Palmyra-Macedon Board of Education, nominated Ike for the award.
“His strong guidance has brought the district through difficult challenges, always presenting solutions that continually made the interests of students the priority,” Lang said. “He is a phenomenal leader who is highly visible in our district and in the community. Many new programs have been added over the years due to Dr. Ike's vision, which has resulted in Pal-Mac being the ‘go to’ school in our region.”