Wednesday, February 11, 2009


From the pages of the Lockport Union Sun and Journal...

MIDDLEPORT — Kevin MacDonald is coming back to the Royalton-Hartland School District in a new position.

Superintendent of schools.

MacDonald was hired Tuesday as the next district chief at Roy-Hart by the Board of Education. MacDonald will replace Paul Bona, who is retiring in June after 10 years at the district’s helm. MacDonald will take over superintendent duties July 1 with a three-year contract at an annual salary of $143,000.

Currently the assistant superintendent at Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services, MacDonald was one of three final candidates the board chose from a pool of applicants. The five-month search came down to MacDonald; Joseph Hochreiter, deputy superintendent of the Elmira School District; and York Central School District Superintendent Thomas Manko.

BOCES Superintendent Clark Godshall served as search consultant for Roy-Hart. The search included a public forum for each candidates, as well as two public forums about what the public would like to see in a superintendent. Those forums were held earlier in the school year.

“We were pleased with the search and impressed with the candidates,” Board President Patricia Riegle said. “But we felt Kevin had the experience that we need at this time.”

A Lockport native, MacDonald went to the state University College at Fredonia after graduating from high school. He received a bachelor’s degree in social studies education and a minor in political science.

MacDonald landed a position in the Lewiston-Porter School District, teaching both advanced placement and 12th grade economics, as well as ninth grade global studies. Four years later, MacDonald became teacher on special assignment and assistant principal. Aside from handling student discipline, MacDonald was also in charge of certain student groups, such as student council. MacDonald then moved on to Roy-Hart, where he became principal at the junior high school. Four months into his new position, MacDonald was appointed junior/high school principal when the high school principal left.

In 2000, MacDonald joined the superintendent development program at SUNY Oswego. Later, MacDonald became director of alternative education at Erie 1 BOCES. After a very short time, MacDonald was recruited for his current position at Orleans/Niagara BOCES.

“I’m excited,” MacDonald said. “The process was very transparent. It was rigorous. I’m excited to come back and serve.”

MacDonald said that while he still has a job to do until July, he will keep in contact with Bona and stay up to speed with things going on in the district.