Jamestown Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent of Schools

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Jamestown Public Schools

Dr. Bret Apthorpe

The Jamestown Board of Education appointed Dr. Bret Apthorpe as the new superintendent of Jamestown Schools at tonight’s meeting. Dr. Apthorpe will officially assume his superintendent duties in Jamestown on September 1.

“I am extremely pleased with our selection of Dr. Bret Apthorpe as our new superintendent,” said Jamestown Board of Education President Paul Abbott. “His qualifications and experience will be an asset to our district. Although the Board set an aggressive timetable for the selection process, we had an extremely deep pool of knowledgeable, accomplished candidates, which is a good ‘problem’ to have. I think this is a definite indicator that a truly exceptional superintendent will be at the helm when our district schools open their doors in September. I would like to thank a number of people whose efforts and input were invaluable to this endeavor. First, my entire board, for the countless hours dedicated to the selection process, and Western New York Educational Services for their experience and talent in bringing so many impressive candidates for our consideration. I would also like to thank the hundreds of community members for their input, guidance, and patience during the superintendent search and selection process.”

Apthorpe is a native of Chautauqua County, having grown up in Mayville, NY. He has been the superintendent of schools for the Frontier Central School District in Hamburg, NY since 2014. Previously, Apthorpe was the assistant superintendent of curriculum & instruction at Fairport Central School District from 2007 to 2014. Apthorpe began his educational career at Southwestern Central School District in Lakewood, NY as a social studies teacher. He also taught high school social studies in the Honeoye Fall-Lima Central School District. In 2000, Apthorpe transitioned to building administration as the director of instructional technology at the Monroe #1 BOCES and senior high assistant principal in the Churchville-Chili Central School District.

Apthorpe received his Bachelor of Arts from the University at Buffalo in History and Education. He obtained his Master of Science from SUNY College at Fredonia in Reading and Curriculum and a Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY College at Brockport in Educational Administration. Apthorpe was awarded his Doctor of Education from the University of Rochester in Educational Leadership.

“I am grateful to the Jamestown Board of Education for giving me the opportunity to be your next superintendent and I am excited to be part of a school community dedicated to student achievement,” said Apthorpe. “I have strong family, educational and professional roots in Chautauqua County and Western New York. This opportunity is not about a job. It is about the opportunity to return to the area I love most and to work tirelessly on a mission that will advance the education of all Jamestown students. This is about legacy work as the future of our community depends on our children getting a high-quality education. I will leverage my experience as a fiscal steward, technology innovator, child advocate, and educator to partner with the entire Jamestown Public School family to support and champion our children, helping them receive a world-class education.”

Dr. Apthorpe and his wife, Tracy, who is an elementary teacher, have three adult children, Jessica, Hannah and Jake. Jessica is studying education at Erie Community College. Hannah is attending SUNY Fredonia studying human resources. Jake recently graduated with an engineering degree from Norwich University and is an officer in the United States Air Force where he will begin pilot training this fall.