Lesley Powers, an administrator at East Irondequoit Central Schools, has been named the new superintendent of the Keshequa Central School District.
“I cannot wait to get started and continue the work to meet all students’ academic and social-emotional needs. I look forward to building strong relationships with students, staff, and the community,” Powers, who had previously served the district in an interim role for several years more than a decade ago, said in a news release.
Powers was chosen for the position following a special meeting of the Keshequa Board of Education on Tuesday. She is expected to start in the position in July. A starting salary was not released.
“We are confident that Ms. Powers will lead our district through the issues we face in our region,” Board of Education President Todd Galton said in a statement. “With her leadership, we will work together to deliver the best education possible for our students.”
Tom Kopp, the district’s current superintendent, is retiring this year. Kopp has been superintendent at Keshequa since December 2015.
Powers is currently pupil personnel services director at East Irondequoit Central Schools, a position she has held since 2012. She oversees the implementation of the regular school year, as well as, extended school year special education programs, related services for six school buildings, two private schools, and district charter school students.
Powers also coordinates multi-tiered systems of support providing data-driven intervention across academics, related services, and social and emotional domains.
Previously, Powers was the curriculum coordinator for Greater Southern Animal BOCES where she assisted with the development and implementation of school improvement plans. She also initiated and coordinated in-district professional development related to standards and data-driven instruction.
From 2009 until 2011, she served as the interim director of curriculum and instruction for Keshequa Central Schools. Her responsibilities encompassed coordination of homeschooling, mentoring, academic intervention/response to intervention, and managing state reporting, Title 1 grants, and other state and federal grants.
Powers started her career in education in 2000 as a fifth-sixth-grade special education teacher at Wayland-Cohocton Central Schools.
Powers earned a bachelor of science degree from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree from the University of Scranton. Powers has a New York State School Administrator certification.
Galton said the search process was rigorous and that the Board of Education “truly values the input we received from the various stakeholder groups, including staff, and community members who met with the candidates to help us make a final decision.”
The other finalists for the position included Christopher Salinas, who is assistant principal at Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle; and Aaron Wolfe, director of human resources for Olean City School District. Salinas is a past principal at Avon Central School,
Salinas, Powers and Wolfe visited Keshequa on May 31, June 1, and June 2, respectively, for a full day of meetings with staff, faculty and stakeholders. A meet-and-greet was scheduled each day in the Junior-Senior High School Library. Final interviews with the Board of Education of each concluded candidate’s visit.
Kevin MacDonald, Genesee Valley BOCES District Superintendent, who acted as the search consultant, said Keshequa’s Board of Education developed and implemented a rigorous and transparent process that was a true collaboration between the Board of Education, district staff and the community.