Three area school principals have been named as finalists for the Pavilion Central School District’s superintendent post.

They are Mary Kate Hoffman, principal of York Elementary School; Paul Kesler, principal at Batavia High School; and Timothy McArdle, principal of Le Roy Junior-Senior High School.

The next superintendent will replace Kenneth J. Ellison, who has been at Pavilion for 33 years in various roles, including the past 11 as superintendent. He is retiring this fall.

The district hopes to name its final candidate for superintendent by early November.

The three candidates are scheduled to be interviewed by stakeholder groups and the Board of Education on Sept. 29 and 30.

“Selecting the best superintendent for Pavilion Central Schools is the board’s top priority,” Board of Education President Marirose Ethington said in a news release.

Ethington said she was pleased with the high-quality candidate pool and enthused about the potential the three finalists have to offer.

“We are extremely pleased by the quality of the finalists. We are confident that one of these candidates will be the best superintendent for our school district and community,” she said.

Hoffman, principal of York Elementary School, began her career in education as a second-grade teacher at Pavilion Elementary School. She has 11 years of educational leadership experience, including serving as an assistant secondary principal, interim principal and director of curriculum at Pavilion Central Schools.

Hoffman has a bachelor of science in education from SUNY Fredonia and a master of science in education from SUNY Geneseo. She earned a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Brockport.

McArdle has been principal of Le Roy Junior-Senior High School since 2013. He began teaching in 2003 as a health and physical education teacher for grades seven through 12 in the Portville Central School District, Cattaraugus County. He continued his career at Honeoye falls-Lima Central Schools, serving as the Middle School dean of students. He also served as an assistant principal at Batavia Middle School from 2010 to 2013.

McArdle earned a bachelor of science in physical education and a master of science in health education from St. Bonaventure University. He has a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Brockport.

Kesler has been principal of Batavia High School since 2018. He has 23 years of experience in the educational field, beginning as a kindergarten/second-grade teacher at Dr. Louis Cerulli School 34 in the Rochester city School District. He has been employed by the Batavia City School District since 2005, when he began as a principal of John Kennedy Elementary School.

Kesler has a bachelor of science in elementary education from SUNY Geneseo and a master’s of science in education from SUNY Brockport. He alo has a master of science in educational administration from St. John Fisher College, Rochester. Kesler is certified as a New York State School Administrator/Supervisor.

Kevin MacDonald, district superintendent of Genesee Valley BOCES, has been acting as a search consultant. He called it a “rigorous search process,” that includes candidate interviews by several stakeholder groups, and concludes with a board of education meeting to make a final decision.

Ellison began his career at in the Pavilion school district in 1987 as a special education teacher. He was Pavilion’s business administrator – and one of three in-house candidates – when he was appointed to the superintendent’s post Aug. 1, 2009. Ellison succeeded Ed Orman, who had been superintendent for 15 years.

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