Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The district also looked for ways to save money but without seriously comprising programming. One example was varsity football, a program that was going to be cut before community boosters came to the rescue. In 2011, Roy-Hart joined gridiron forces with Barker, saving the sport for both districts.
There was a positive on the field too. Barker/Roy-Hart went 7-0 and won the Genesee Region League title in their first season together.
Being able to handle challenging finances is experience MacDonald said he’ll need in his new job. He also has a background working at a BOCES, as he was the assistant superintendent at Orleans/Niagara BOCES for seven years before coming to Roy-Hart. Prior to working for Orleans/Niagara and Erie I BOCES, he was a principal in the Roy-Hart district from 1998 to 2001.
When asked what he’ll miss about Roy-Hart, MacDonald offered a one-word answer. It was the same answer he gave in 2009 as a superintendent candidate, when he was asked what was the district’s strength.
“People,” MacDonald said. “I think from the board to the faculty and staff, people in this community do what’s in the best interest of the kids.”
The Board of Education released a statement Friday thanking MacDonald “for all of his time and effort working on behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the Royalton Hartland Central School District.
”Mr. MacDonald has guided the district through some very difficult financial times while still providing a quality education to the children of our community,” the statement said. “We would like to wish him the best in his position as district superintendent.”Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.