JPS Board of Education Announces Superintendent Mains Departure

The Jamestown Board of Education announces that Superintendent Tim O. Mains will be leaving Jamestown to become the Superintendent of Schools for the Pine Bush Central School District in Orange County, NY on February 26, 2017.

The Board will address questions regarding Superintendent Mains’ departure at the regular Board of Education Meeting to be held Thursday, January 12th at 6 p.m. in the Jefferson Middle School auditorium.

Mr. Mains took over as Superintendent on August 1, 2013.  During his tenure the district has made great strides and achieved a number of milestones, including:

•    Creating the District’s first ever Strategic Plan involving 140 staff, students, parents, alumni and community members
•    Increasing graduation rates from 69% in 2012 to 77% in 2016
•    Increasing focus on curriculum and instruction in order to meet the new, more rigorous standards; introduction of a district-wide effort towards more differentiated instruction
•    Expanding professional development for staff and adding more coaches to expand teacher leadership and provide support to our classrooms
•    Taking four of our nine schools off the “Focus School” list
•    Forming our own educational foundation – the Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund, which raised $25,000 in its first 18 months
•    The completion and approval of 10 collective bargaining agreements
•    Revamping our suspension process/program; introduction of trauma-informed and restorative practices; expanding PBIS into our middle schools and high school; and focusing our approach to student behavior management on prevention
•    Complete renovation of four of our nine school buildings; introduction of secure vestibules as a new safety feature as we moved through our $68 million construction project

JPS School Board President, Paul Abbott, speaking on behalf of the Board, stated “We have been very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Tim since 2013.  Our district has accomplished a good number of goals we set out to achieve during his tenure.  Tim is a tireless professional, and I appreciate everything he has put into our district and our community during his time here.  The Board will now begin the process of seeking a new superintendent.  We are confident that our district and administration will continue working to achieve all the important goals Mr. Mains and the board have set forth.”

Mr. Mains said, “I think it is important to note that when you look over the very long list of our accomplishments over the past three and half years, that they belong, not to me, but to the many, many staff, students, parents, and community members who have continued to work tirelessly together to make Jamestown into a District of distinction.  Even more than our accomplishments, I am proud of that collaborative spirit that has made them all possible.” Mr. Mains went on to say, “I want to thank the Board, staff and community for giving me the opportunity to work with you and to be your superintendent.  It has indeed been an honor and a privilege.”

posted on 01/12/2017 - filed under: Spotlight