The JPS Board of Education recognized outgoing Superintendent Deke Kathman by naming the Central Administration Offices in his honor at the July 23rd Board Meeting. Paul Hedin, from Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, presented Superintendent Kathman with an architectural rending of the honor. The JPS Board of Education also unveiled Superintendent Kathman’s portrait, which will hang in the JPS Board Room.
“The Board of Education wanted to honor Deke’s years of service to the district in a significant way,” said JPS Board of Education President Joe DiMaio. “Throughout the years that I have known Deke, the first thing that comes to my mind is how much he cares about the students of the Jamestown School District. All of Deke’s decisions were always based on wanting our students to be successful. We thank him for his years of dedicated service to JPS.”
Superintendent Kathman will retire on July 31st after 26 years with the Jamestown Public Schools. 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 tenure in Jamestown, Mr. Kathman 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.