Letter to the Community from Incoming Superintendent Dr. Bret Apthorpe

Dr. Bret Apthorpe

To the parents, students, staff and community of Jamestown, New York,

I am excited about my return to Chautauqua County and to once again becoming a member of the community. I am grateful to the Jamestown Board of Education for giving me the opportunity to be your next superintendent. Over the next four to six weeks, I will be moving into the City of Jamestown and officially starting September 1st.  I am eager to meet with you and hear your vision for our school system. Until such time, I think it is important to introduce myself.

I have strong family, educational and professional roots in Chautauqua County and Western New York. I grew up in Mayville, worked for almost ten years at the Sea Lion Project, and attended the University at Buffalo. I earned four college degrees, including a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Rochester. My career in education began as a high school social studies teacher in Southwestern Central School District. While I was at Southwestern, I met my wife, who lived in Pittsford, New York. We moved to Honeoye Falls, where I taught social studies at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School. In 2000, I transitioned to a building administrator and have since served in various administrative positions, including the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Fairport Central Schools, where I served for seven years. Most recently, I have been the superintendent of Frontier Central Schools for the past three years.

At each stop in my career, I have been supported by my family. My wife, Tracy, is an elementary teacher. We have three wonderful young adult children – Jessica (19), Hannah (20) and Jake (22). Jessica is studying education at Erie Community College. Hannah is studying human resources at SUNY Fredonia. Jake recently graduated with an engineering degree from Norwich University. He is an officer in the United States Air Force and will begin pilot training this fall. My parents, siblings and extended relatives live in Chautauqua County and are all very supportive of this opportunity.

In terms of experience, some of the unique qualities of my career include a comprehensive knowledge of federal, state and BOCES aid, which I have leveraged to enable the creation of best practice technology infrastructure, curriculum maps, STEAM, and career preparation programs. At Frontier, we were able to move the district out of a fiscally “stressed” designation with declining credit over three years to its present designation of “no stress,” and with a new favorable Moody’s credit rating.

This opportunity is not about a job. It is about the opportunity to return to the area I love most and to work tirelessly on a mission that will advance the education of all Jamestown students. This is about legacy work, as the future of our community depends on our children getting a high quality education. I will leverage my experience as a fiscal steward, technology innovator, child advocate, and educator to support all those who champion our children.

Finally, I look forward to working closely with the Jamestown Board of Education to help them realize an exciting and bright future for our Jamestown school family.  Jamestown is a great community and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

I hope you and your family have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.

Dr. Bret Apthorpe

posted on 06/30/2017 - filed under: Spotlight, Superintendent