PAVILION — When October gives way to November, a new superintendent will lead the Pavilion Central School District.
The district announced Thursday that the Board of Education chose Mary Kate Hoffman to replace Kenneth Ellison, who will retire in about two weeks.
“The board is confident that Mary Kate Hoffman will lead our district as we work together to deliver the best education possible for our students. Our search process narrowed the field to three excellent candidates. We value all of the input from our stakeholders,” Marirose Ethington, board president, in a press release. “With her dedication, enthusiasm, and knowledge, our board feels that Mary Kate has the educational capacity and attributes to move us forward.”
Ellison said his last day will be Oct. 31.
“The contract negotiations are complete and Kate will begin effective Nov. 1,” he told The Daily News. “I will begin meeting with Kate next week after school to review immediate priorities. Conversations will no doubt extend beyond Nov. 1. I very much want this to be a successful transition for Kate and the district.”
Hoffman is the principal of York Elementary School located in Retsof. She has 11 years of educational leadership experience including serving as the assistant secondary principal, interim principal and director of curriculum and instruction at Pavilion. Hoffman began her career in education in 1995 as a second-grade teacher at Pavilion Elementary School. She holds 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.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve the Pavilion Central School District as superintendent,” Hoffman said in a press release.
“I look forward to working with the students, staff, Board of Education, and community to carry on the traditions of academic excellence and community pride.” Hoffman said. “I am excited to make new connections, renew old friendships and return to the place where my career began.”
Ellison told The Daily News he has known Hoffman for more than 33 years — first as a student, then teacher and as part of the district’s administrative team.
“She has my highest endorsement as an administrator. Not only in regards to her educational knowledge, but also in her ability to effectively communicate with students, staff and parents. I have full confidence she will be a success and I know she will be a strong advocate for the district and our students,” he said. “She certainly has a strong understanding of the history and climate at PCS. This, combined with her many successful years in the district, would have strengthened her candidacy.”
Kevin MacDonald, district superintendent for Genesee Valley BOCES, acted as the search consultant. He noted that the search process was a collaboration between the Board of Education and stakeholders who served on the interview committee.