WESTFIELD - Dave Davison, the recently appointed superintendent of Westfield Academy and Central School District, believes his role as WACS superintendent is a "perfect fit" for him.
He said this as he was greeted by about 30 parents, faculty members and community representatives at a welcome reception sponsored by the Westfield Parent Connection on Wednesday, June 13.
In his remarks, Davison said he is happy to be part of a school district small enough for him to get to know all of the students personally, to know something about each of the district's graduates and to know their families as well as their strengths, ambitions and hopes for the future. Davison expressed a wish to stay on as the Westfield superintendent for the remaining years of his career. He remarked in too many school districts the "revolving door" of school administrators, with superintendents serving a few years and then moving on, created too many changes in direction and a lack of long-term planning and focus.
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Westfield Academy and Central School’s new superintendent Dave Davison was recently welcomed to the district by parents, faculty and community members.
Davison has served as superintendent since May of this year. Previously, he was most recently employed as principal of Randolph High School, where he was involved in technology curriculum development and integration, development of instructional strategies and the use of data-driven decision making.
Following remarks by Davison, Brenda Backus spoke about the new Friends of Education Fund - a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to financially support educational programs and activities at WACS and to advocate for public schools. The fund will invest in special programs and initiatives, capital projects, and other items needed within the school district. The focus will be on areas which cannot be adequately supported without private funding. The group was formed in response to recent budget problems resulting from cuts in state aid, the increase in required unfunded mandates by the state and the dwindling fund balance, which together have produced a situation in which many programs will need to be cut or eliminated if the district is to remain solvent.