Press release of March 30, 2012
Patrick McGrath chosen as new
BH-BL superintendent of schools
Current assistant superintendent at Mohonasen to
take the reins at BH-BL on July 1
BURNT HILLS: After a seven-month
national search process that included substantial
community involvement and input, members of the Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake Board of Education
have selected Patrick McGrath to be the district's next superintendent of schools.
McGrath is expected to be present
and to be appointed at the board's regular business
meeting at 7:30 pm on April 3 in the O'Rourke Middle
He will begin his new position on or
around July 1 upon the retirement of existing BH-BL
superintendent Jim Schultz. McGrath's three-year
contract includes a salary of $156,000 annually.
Both sides have agreed that the salary will remain
the same for three years. McGrath will pay 25
percent of his health insurance premiums, and the
board will contribute $3,000 annually to his annuity
Professional educator since
Currently the assistant
superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the
Mohonasen school district, McGrath began his career
with ten years as a middle school science teacher in
the Niskayuna school system from 1991 to 2001.
In 2001, he was appointed assistant
principal of the Draper Middle School in Mohonasen
for two years, followed by three years as the Draper
Middle School principal, and then two years as
the Mohonasen High school principal.
As assistant superintendent at
Mohonasen since 2008, he has been responsible for
overseeing instruction, curriculum development and
program development for 3,000 students and 230
teachers. He has gained experience in collective
bargaining, was responsible for the Human Resources
office, supervised the directors of several academic
departments including athletics and special
education, and also served concurrently as
Mohonasen's director of information technology.
"The Board of Education is excited
to have found such an excellent fit for Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake in Patrick McGrath," says board
president James Maughan. "We believe he will be a
great leader for our district and will challenge us
to build on our tradition of excellence. The board
is confident he will continue the heritage of
long-tenured, student-centered superintendents that
BH-BL has benefited from throughout its history."
"My past ten years at Mohonasen
have been filled with great experiences and great
people," notes McGrath. "I'm excited to draw upon
these experiences as I move into this new
opportunity to serve and to lead at BH-BL."
"Burnt Hills has long been known
and respected for excellence throughout the Suburban
Council," he says. "I believe the district can
continue to excel amidst the challenges and changes
facing 21st century public schools, and I look
forward to leading the team that makes that
McGrath, age 44, and his wife
Denise have four children. Two sons have already
graduated from school, and their daughter will be
graduating from Mohonasen this June. Their third son
is a preschooler, who is already excited, McGrath
says, about becoming a Spartan.
McGrath holds a bachelors degree in
biology and a masters degree in science education
from the University at Albany, and he is currently a
doctoral student there in the Department of
Educational Administration and Policy.
Community and staff
The search for the
district's next leader
began on September 1, 2011, when Jim Schultz
announced he would be retiring at the end of the
current school year.
In late September, members of the
school board appointed Capital Region BOCES
superintendent Dr. Charles Dedrick to guide them in
a comprehensive search, which began with three
community input sessions in October.
Community and staff members willing
to serve on
interview teams were solicited in December. The
board received 29 completed applications for the
position by the end of December.
Three rounds of interviews with top
candidates were conducted from January to March using questions and
input that had been collected earlier from the
"The search process was inclusive
and robust," says board member John Blowers. "Mr.
McGrath differentiated himself from a strong
candidate pool as the best fit based on the profile
our community identified as ideal for the next
leader of this high-performing district."
"Our candidate pool had terrific
depth, and community and staff involvement in the
profile development and semi-finalist interviews was
critical," says Blowers. "Now we are looking forward
to Patrick and his family moving here and becoming
part of the BH-BL community."
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complete search timeline and previous press releases