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Dansville CSD revamps superintendent search after Waterloo candidate removed

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Dansville Central School District has announced the retirement of Dr. Paul Alioto, its long-standing superintendent of more than 13 years.

In response to Dr. Alioto’s resignation for the purpose of retirement, the school board has appointed Thomas Kopp as the interim superintendent, effective January 2. Kopp will serve in this capacity until the end of the academic year on June 30.

The district praised his leadership for introducing strategic planning, democratic decision-making processes, and fostering a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement.

The school board has outlined its plans to resume the search for a new permanent superintendent after the holidays. The process will be overseen by Kevin MacDonald, continuing as the search consultant. Aiming to complete the selection by the end of April, the board is focused on hiring a qualified and dynamic leader.

They intend to adjust their approach from previous searches to attract a more diverse pool of candidates, ensuring the new superintendent meets the evolving needs of the district. Waterloo Superintendent Terri Bavis was among finalists for the job previously, but due to concerns that were raised in Dansville, the board opted to resume the search.

Thomas Kopp, the newly appointed interim superintendent, brings considerable experience to the role. His background includes over six years as the superintendent of the Keshequa Central School District.

Kopp’s familiarity with the area, the Genesee Valley BOCES, and some school district employees were key factors in the board’s decision to appoint him. His tenure will bridge the gap until a permanent superintendent is selected, ensuring continuity and stability in the district’s leadership during this transitional period.