WESTFIELD - The Westfield Academy and Central School District has a new superintendent.
At Westfield's Board of Education Meeting, David Davison of Cattaraugus was approved as the district's new Superintendent of Schools/Chief Executive Officer effective May 21 through June 30, 2015. Davison is currently the Junior/Senior High School Principal at Randolph Central Schools. His annual salary at Westfield will be $117,000.
Davison was in the audience at the Monday, April 16 meeting, and upon approval of his appointment resolution, the board and those in attendance gave him a round of applause. He said he was honored to be there.
David Davison has been selected as the superintendent for Westfield Academy and Central Schools.
Interim Superintendent Margaret Sauer said she will be available to assist Davison with the transition to a new job in a new district.
"It will be a smooth transition," Sauer said.
Also announced at the April meeting were the seven official candidates who had turned in their applications for the six Board of Education seats up for grabs at the May 15 election and school budget vote. The two incumbents will be Board President Marie Edwards and Jeff Greabell, who was selected by the board this past January to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jeanne Habig in October 2011. Also running will be Brenda Backus, Ron Catalano, Jr., past board member Phyllis Hagen, Roger Jopek and past board member Ed LeBarron. Board members Steven Reynolds and Mark Winslow are not seeking re-election.
Dave Davison biography
Dave Davison received a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUC@Buffalo and began his teaching career at Cattaraugus Central School (CCS) in 1988. While at CCS he taught social studies in grades seven through 12, coached a variety of sports and served as curriculum coordinator for the social studies department. While at Cattaraugus, he obtained his MS in Education from SUC@Buffalo in 1993.
In 2003, he accepted a position as the assistant principal at Hamburg High School while completing his School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) certification from SUNY Fredonia. At Hamburg, he was involved with a curriculum mapping initiative and handled scheduling and disciplinary issues.
In November of 2004, he left Hamburg to become the principal at Randolph High School and go back to a small rural school which is where he wanted to be. He completed his graduate work for his School District Administrator degree in 2005.
While at Randolph, he has been involved in technology curriculum development and integration, development of instructional strategies and the use of data-driven decision making. He is proud of the work he and his staff have done to create the best possible learning experience for Randolph students.
Davison has been happily married for 23 years to his wife Patti. He has three boys - Jason, Justin and Jacob who are ages 19, 15 and 13 respectively. He and his family reside outside of the Village of Cattaraugus. In his spare time he relaxes by doing home remodeling and is currently finishing work on a summer home he owns in the Town of Portland.
"I am honored and privileged to serve as the Superintendent of Schools for the Westfield Academy and Central School District," Davison said. "After over two decades in education, I can't imagine a better place to be. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to make every aspect of Westfield Academy and Central School life as productive and inspiring as possible."
Due to multiple resignations since the last election, there are three 3-year terms, two 2-year terms and one 1-year term available. Rather than specific candidates running for specific terms, the top three vote getters will be elected the 3-year terms, the fourth and fifth highest vote getters will be elected to the 2-year terms and the sixth highest vote getter will be elected to the 1-year term.