David Hamilton is chosen as Penn Yan Superintendent

Gwen Chamberlain
David Hamilton

David Hamilton has been selected as the new Superintendent of the Penn Yan Central School District, according to a news release issued Thursday.

Hamilton is currently executive director of instruction in the Churchville-Chili Central School District in Monroe County.

He has held that position since 2007.  He has also held positions as a junior high school principal, assistant principal, director of student performance and music teacher.

Hamilton received a bachelor's degree in music from Ithaca College, a master's degree in music from Eastman School of Music and his educational administration certificate from Canisius College.

"David Hamilton is an educational leader who has a demonstrated record of success in making major gains in instruction through collaboration. David's references noted his dedication, intelligence, vision, ability to think outside the box and calm thoughtful demeanor," wrote Jeff Morehouse, board of education president in the school district's release about the choice.

During his public session with about 15 members of the community on April 5, Hamilton said he sees the superintendent's role in communicating within the community as the school district's head cheerleader.

"Being there and being accessible," is what's important in interacting with the community, he told the group, explaining, "The school isn't something inside the Penn Yan community. It's a partner."

When asked to describe what he saw as his direction for the school district, he said the direction "has to bubble up. People need to be comfortable sharing their hopes and dreams for us to get a clear vision of where we want to go."

Assessing the use of technology in classrooms, Hamilton said he feels we haven't really seen how techonology can personalize education, with student learning more specific content online and local teachers acting more in a coaching position.

The press release says the board expects to appoint Hamilton to the position of Superintendent on May 4, pending the completion of contract negotiations, and then Hamilton will assumes his new duties on or around July 1.

Hamilton expects to relocate to the Penn Yan School District community, and he says he looks forward to becoming a visible and active member of the community.

His professional affiliations include Phi Delta Kappa, American Association of School Administrators and the National Middle School Association.