JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown School Board will be acting on the appointment of the district’s new superintendent during a special meeting Friday night and until then, school officials have not released any details – including the name of the candidate.
However, The Post-Journal is reporting that the new superintendent will be Bret Apthorpe, a Chautauqua County native who currently works as the superintendent for the Frontier Central School District in Erie County.
According to The Post-Journal, Apthorpe is a Mayville native and has received degrees from University of Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Brockport, and University of Rochester. He was hired in 2014 to serve as the top administrator at Frontier. His salary for the upcoming school year was to be an estimated $172,000. By comparison, the annual salary of Jamestown’s previous superintendent, Tim Mains, was $171,286, according to the website SeeThroughNY.net.
Apthorpe has also worked in administrative capacity at Fairport Central School District, Monroe 1BOCES, and Churchville-Chili Central School District. Prior to being an administrator, he worked as a social studies teacher for 12 years at Southwestern School and Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District.
Apthororpe will replace Mains, who was appointed in August 2013 and served until February of this year. Mains left Jamestown to become the Superintendent of the Pine Bush School district outside of Newburgh, NY. Sylvia Root has served as the district’s interim superintendent while the board searched for Mains’ replacement.
Earlier this week the Jamestown School Board announced that it would be holding a special meeting Friday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. to act on the appointment of the new superintendent. Until the appointment takes place, school officials have said they will not be able to comment on the candidate.
Friday’s meeting will be held at Washington Middle School and will be open to the public.