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Wayne Post
  • Three finalists selected in BOCES district superintendent search

  • The Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Education has identified three finalists for the District’s next top administrator. The finalists are Scott Bischoping, Superintendent of Schools Livonia Central School District; Kevin MacDonald, Superintendent of Schools Royalton-Hartland Central School District; Dr. Theresa Pulos, Superintendent of Schools Clyde-Savannah Central School District.

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  • The Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Education has identified three finalists for the District’s next top administrator. The finalists are Scott Bischoping, Superintendent of Schools Livonia Central School District; Kevin MacDonald, Superintendent of Schools Royalton-Hartland Central School District; Dr. Theresa Pulos, Superintendent of Schools Clyde-Savannah Central School District.
    “Our Board has been diligent in narrowing the pool of candidates to these three strong finalists. We are very excited about what each finalist will bring to Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES,” said Board President Anne Morgan.
    “New York State Education Commissioner John B. King and I are pleased with the work of the Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Education,” said Jo Anne L. Antonacci, BOCES 2 District Superintendent and search consultant. “The Board has been detail-oriented and thoughtful in its deliberations through this search process. Their selection of these three experienced educators as finalists is a tangible example of their hard work.”
    The three finalists are scheduled for day-long school visits which will include a community forum from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Jack Loveless Conference Room in the Eisenhower Building, 131 Drumlin Court, in Newark. The forums will allow staff and community members to meet each individual and ask questions. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 13 for Pulos, Wednesday, Nov. 14 for MacDonald and Thursday, Nov. 15 for Bischoping.
    Any questions regarding the District Superintendent search process should be directed to Jo Anne L. Antonacci, BOCES 2 District Superintendent and search consultant at (585) 352-2411 or jantonac@monroe2boces.org.
    More about each candidate:
    Theresa L. Pulos, Ed.D.
    Theresa L. Pulos, Ed.D. brings a diverse educational leadership background as a superintendent and principal, in which she has been responsible for strategic planning, instructional leadership, budget management, labor relations and professional development. Her strengths include aligning mission, vision and goals with resources to improve student outcomes. A progressive educational leader, Dr. Pulos brings a special interest in instructional reform and professional learning as the key to 21st century student success in the classroom and beyond.
    She serves as superintendent of Schools for Clyde-Savannah Central Schools. At Clyde-Savannah, she is responsible for the district’s $17M annual operating budget and 900 students. Focal points of her tenure have and continue to be her redesign of the instructional program, reallocation of resources to support achievement and coordination of a two-phase capital improvement project. A major area of interest for Dr. Pulos is special education where she has led numerous initiatives to increase accessibility and opportunities within the district for students to receive customized and effective support.
    Previously, Dr. Pulos was a principal and co-director of Elementary Instructional Cabinet for the better part of a decade at Webster CSD. In this capacity, she devised and implemented various instructional improvements and professional development programs where she was credited for her application of innovative data analysis to advancing student literacy.
    Page 2 of 3 - Dr. Pulos holds an Educational Doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College. She has a Certificate of Advanced Study from The College at Brockport and a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology from SUNY Geneseo. She has held faculty appointments at SUNY Oswego, Rochester Institute of Technology, Nazareth College of Rochester and Roberts Wesleyan College where she has been an instructor on high-quality teaching and learning, assessment and educational leadership.
    Dr. Pulos chairs the local chapter of the New York State Association of Women in Administration, is vice president of Wayne-Finger Lakes Chief School Officers Association and is a member of the board of directors for the Wayne-Finger Lakes Leadership Institute. In addition, she is a member of the Wayne County Administrators’ Association, Finger Lakes Community College/Superintendents’ Advisory Group, NYS Council of School Superintendents and NYSCOSS Curriculum and Instruction/Assessment Sub-Committee.
    She is a resident of Fairport.
    Kevin MacDonald
    Kevin MacDonald has worked his way up through the ranks from teacher, teacher on Special Assignment/assistant principal in the Lewiston-Porter CSD, High School principal at Royalton-Hartland CSD, director of Alternative Education at Erie 1 BOCES, assistant superintendent at Orleans/Niagara BOCES, and for the last three and half years, superintendent of Schools in Royalton-Hartland CSD.  
    As a teacher, MacDonald traveled to Moscow, Russia to work with Russian teachers on how to teach democracy. He set up a sister school in Minsk, Belarus that would allow for exchange of students with the students of Lewiston-Porter CSD in Western New York. Additionally, he was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Committee for Identifying and Developing Educational Leaders (CIDEL) to participate in the Superintendents Development program sponsored by SUNY Oswego.
    He has been asked to conduct a number of presentations on a variety of topics including "Managing School District Finances in Turbulent Times” to the group Leadership Niagara that earned a "Top Speaker" award for the 2012 cohort of Leadership Niagara. Other presentations included "Integrated Academics in CTE," "The Changing Face of Education in our Community," “Impact of Carl D. Perkins Grant," and "The Future of Education in Niagara County."
    MacDonald has been active in a number of community groups and has served on a number of Boards including Leadership Niagara, Niagara County Workforce Investment Board, Niagara Frontier Industry and Education Council, Niagara County Comprehensive Economic Development Committee, and Wheatfield Blades Youth Hockey. Most recently he has been appointed as a Board member for the Rural Schools Association of New York State, and represents the New York State Council of School Superintendents.
    He has been a member of many professional organizations including NYSCOSS, Phi Delta Kappa, Association of Career and Technical Education, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and American Association of School Administrators
    MacDonald and his wife Kim have been married for 17 years, and have four children together. In addition to coaching youth ice hockey, he enjoys playing golf and getting away once a year on a family vacation that allows them a rare opportunity to spend time with each other with no other interruptions or distractions.
    Page 3 of 3 - Education:
    Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Fredonia
    Master of Science from Buffalo State College
    School District Administrator Certification from Niagara University
    Scott Bischoping
    Scott Bischoping has been serving as the superintendent of the Livonia Central School District since July 2006. He is approaching his 25th year with Livonia and has served in many different capacities, including Business Education teacher, High School principal, and director of Instruction.
    During his career, Bischoping has placed an emphasis on preparing students for transition to the next level. While a teacher, he earned the Phi Delta Kappa award for innovative teaching. During his term as High School principal, the building transitioned to a block schedule format to enhance opportunities and added several Advanced Placement courses. Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering program, was developed which has produced several college ready students. Technology training and equipment for staff and students has enabled significant access for all. A Universal Pre-Kindergarten program was developed and the Tribes program, an anti-bullying effort, was implemented to enhance the culture and atmosphere of the district.
    Bischoping has improved the district by developing, passing, and carrying out two capital projects for maintenance and improvement of facilities. Through the most recent economic downturn, he has managed to maintain programing in the district for students while absorbing over $2 million in reductions in state aid.
    He has been a strong partner with other districts in the region serving on the Management Services, Career and Tech, and the Legislative Committee of the Genesee Valley Chief School Officers. He has served as a representative for the group at the state level. Recently, Bischoping headed an effort to examine shared services for the region, which resulted in an official study and recommendations through the Warner School of Education.  
    Bischoping earned his master’s degree and certificate of advanced study in Education Administration from The College at Brockport. He lives in Livonia with his wife Tina and their two children, Kevin and Kelly.

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