Friday, March 8, 2013


The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (Genesee Valley BOCES) Board has named three finalists for the organization’s next District Superintendent. All three finalists are sitting superintendents.

Betty Lapp, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership Board President, said she is pleased with the high quality of the candidate pool and especially excited about the potential the three finalists have to offer.

“Selecting the best superintendent for GVEP is the Board’s top prioritiy,” Lapp said. “With such a strong pool and Commissioner King’s recent approval of the finalist candidates, we have that opportunity. We look forward to the upcoming opportunities for the finalists to meet with our various stakeholders, as well as the open forums with the public.”

The three finalists are Mr. Kenneth J. Ellison, Mr. Kevin MacDonald, and Dr. Theresa L. Pulos.

Mr. Kenneth J. Ellison is the superintendent of the Pavilion Central School District. He has served 26 years in the district, including nine years as a special education teacher, seventeen years as an administrator, with the past four years as superintendent.

Mr. Kevin MacDonald is the superintendent of the Royalton-Hartland Central School District where he has served for the past four years. Prior to that, he served as assistant superintendent of the Orleans/Niagara BOCES from 2002 – 2009. Mr. MacDonald has held several academic posts, including director of alternative education at Erie 1 BOCES in 2001 to 2002, and principal of the junior/senior high school at Royalton-Hartland CSD from 1998 to 2001.

Dr. Theresa L. Pulos is the superintendent of the Clyde-Savannah Central School District where she has served since 2009. Prior to that, Dr. Pulos served as principal in the Webster Central School district from 2001-2009, and she also served prior to that in the Brighton Central School District as assistant principal, 1998-2001, and as a speech-language therapist from 1980-1998.

The three candidates will have full-day visits and various interviews with committees at Genesee Valley Educational Partnership on:

            Tuesday, March 12               Dr. Theresa Pulos
            Thursday, March 14             Mr. Kenneth J. Ellison
            Friday, March 15                  Mr. Kevin MacDonald

Mr. Daniel White, Monroe #1 BOCES district superintendent, who is acting as search consultant, said the Board has developed and implemented a process that will help determine the best candidate

“This is a rigorous search process,” White said. “Finalists are interviewed by the consultant, the GVEP Board, SED Commissioner John King, component superintendents, several stakeholder groups, a community forum, and concludes with the Board meeting to make a final decision.”