New JHS Principal

JPS is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Mike McElrath as the new principal at Jamestown High School


“I am completely confident about Mike’s appointment as our new high school principal,” said Daniel Kathman, Superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools. “He has the skills, abilities, experiences and established relationships to make an immediate and positive difference at Jamestown High School. Mike has always been a model of professionalism and has always demonstrated a sincere commitment to our school community for as long as I have known him. He’s a perfect fit.”

Dr. McElrath, a 1980 graduate of Jamestown High School, most recently held the position of Director of Middle Level Education from 2007 to present. His responsibilities included oversight of three middle schools, direct supervision of the middle school principals and assistant principals, and secondary supervision of 150 plus teaching staff. In addition, he maintained an active role in the JPS middle school curriculum, instruction, discipline, school improvement and scheduling.

Prior to becoming Director of Middle Level Education, Dr. McElrath was the Coordinator of Guidance and Business Education for the Jamestown Public Schools. He also participated in the development of the Raymond J. Fashano Technical Academy and served as its Building Administrator from 2003 to 2007. During his tenure, Dr. McElrath has supervised the JHS Youth Apprentice Program and developed and managed the JHS master schedule. Dr. McElrath has also participated in the writing and design of the Jamestown Public Schools portion of the GEAR UP and the Extended School Day Grants.

Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. McElrath held the position of school counselor at Westfield (NY) Academy from 1989 to 1996, and Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, NC from 1996 to 1998. While in Greensboro, Mike also served as the University/School Partnership Coordinator for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, supervising undergraduate and graduate student teachers in three middle schools and teaching classes in young adolescent development.

Dr. McElrath received his bachelor’s degree from Gannon University, where he was also a scholarship athlete. He received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and his Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina @ Greensboro.

Dr. McElrath has made numerous professional presentations at national conferences for the National Middle School Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He has also been published in multiple education journals including the Middle School Journal and contributed to the book, Reinventing the Middle School. He also served for a number of years as the facilitator for the ASCD Invitational Education Network.

Dr. McElrath serves on the Board of Directors for the Jamestown Public Schools Forest and is also a member of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Dr. McElrath lives in Jamestown with his wife Maggie.

“I’m looking forward to working with the students, staff, parents and community as I transition into this new position,” said Dr. McElrath. “Personally, I had a great experience as a student at JHS and since that time, I have come to recognize the importance of good schools as they relate to community and economic development.”