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March 23, 2013

Roy-Hart super to leave

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Superintendent Kevin MacDonald will once again say goodbye to the Royalton-Hartland School District.

MacDonald informed the Board of Education this week that he will resign the district’s top post at the end of the school year. On July 1, pending contract talks, MacDonald will become the next superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, that region’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Twenty-two school districts are serviced by Genesee Valley.

The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership Board is expected to appoint MacDonald at its next meeting on Wednesday.

“Our Board of Education is confident that Kevin MacDonald understands the relationship between BOCES and our component districts from both sides and is capable of leading us through the issues we face in our region,” said Board President Betty Lapp in a statement. “The search process was rigorous and the Board of Education truly values the input we received from our various stakeholder groups, including component superintendents, as well as staff and community members, who met with the candidates to help us make a final decision.”

MacDonald, who has been Roy-Hart’s superintendent since February 2009, said the move allows him to pursue a professional goal, while allowing him to keep his family in Niagara County.

”Leaving is the hardest part,” MacDonald said.

Board of Education members will be meeting Tuesday with Clark Godshall, Orleans/Niagara BOCES superintendent, at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the search process for a new superintendent. The meeting will be held in the high school’s media center, 54 State St. in Middleport.

During MacDonald’s four-year tenure, Roy-Hart has dealt with difficult budgets each year. The $22 million budget Roy-Hart officials are working on right now for 2013-14, cut spending in the district to the level it was at in 2007-08, before MacDonald came on board.

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