Jamestown Public Schools’ Superintendent, Daniel E. Kathman will announce his intention to retire as of July 31, 2013 at the Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Board of Education meeting.
From receiving his first professional assignment as a teacher’s aide in Erie, Pennsylvania, to performing his last professional duty as Superintendent of the Jamestown Public Schools, Mr. Kathman’s career as an educator has spanned nearly four decades, and encompassed several capacities. During his 26-year tenure in Jamestown, Mr. Kathman has served as Love Elementary School principal (1987-1990); Director of Elementary Education (1990-2003); Assistant Superintendent for Instruction (2003-2007) and most recently, Superintendent of Schools.
“Although I am not a Jamestown native, it has been my honor and privilege to have adopted Jamestown as my hometown,” said Mr. Kathman. “Deb and I have raised our four boys here, all of whom are proud JHS graduates.”
“I have an ever-increasing respect for the collective abilities of our dedicated JPS teachers, administrators and support staff to have a positive and powerful impact on the lives of our community’s children.” Mr. Kathman also expressed a special respect for his central office team and for his predecessor and mentor, Raymond Fashano.
Mr. Kathman also recognized the tireless efforts of the Jamestown Board of Education. “Folks sometimes forget that Board members are community volunteers and deserve our thanks and appreciation for their contributions. I will always hold in particular esteem those Board of Education presidents under whom I have worked: Mr. Joseph Pawelski, Mrs. Christine Schnars, and current president, Mr. Joseph DiMaio.”
JPS Board of Education President Joe DiMaio said in a statement, “Mr. Kathman has worn many hats for the Jamestown schools over the years. However, his number one priority has always been the well-being and education of the children of our district. He truly cares about the success of all of our students. He is a man of the highest integrity and I am proud to call him a friend. I speak for the Board when I say that we will miss him but also wish him a well-earned retirement.”
“While I look forward to the changes and challenges retirement will bring,” said Mr. Kathman, “I remain entirely focused on district challenges for the balance of this school year and on my intention for a smooth transition in JPS leadership.”
Mr. Kathman’s retirement announcement is timed to allow the Board of Education adequate time to conduct a thorough and extensive search for his replacement.