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BH-BL picks new superintendent

Patrick McGrath will follow eight-year tenure of Jim Schultz

THe Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School District has chosen Patrick McGrath as their new superintendent. Submitted photo.

THe Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School District has chosen Patrick McGrath as their new superintendent. Submitted photo.

— The Burnt Hill Ballston Lake Central School District has looked to a neighboring district in choosing its next superintendent: Patrick McGrath, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Mohonasen Central School District.

Patrick McGrath will follow eight-year tenure of Jim Schultz.

BH-BL's search has been progressing since September, when Jim Schultz announced he would be retiring after holding the position for eight years. One of the qualities the board was looking for in choosing the new superintendent was staying power.

McGrath, who was appointed at the school board's regular business meeting on Tuesday, April 3, has been an educator since 1991. He will begin his new position on or around July 1, and his three-year contract includes an annual salary of $156,000. McGrath will pay 25 percent of his health insurance premiums, and the board will contribute $3,000 annually to his annuity account.

District spokeswoman Christy Multer said the contract is still being fine tuned and that the district and McGrath are working with the aid of an attorney to reach a mutually beneficial contract.

Capital Region BOCES led the search.

“We’re looking for someone to make a long term commitment and not looking for them to use BHBL as a stepping stone. It could be, but questions (in looking at potential candidates) centered around the long term goals,” said BOCES Superintendent Charles Dedrick in an interview last month.

McGrath started his career as a middle school science teacher in the Niskayuna School District in 1991. In 2001 he was appointed assistant principal of the Draper Middle School in Mohonasen, a post he held for twoy ears. He was then made Draper Middle School principal, and later Mohonasen High School principal, a position he held for two years.

As assistant superintendent, McGrath has been responsible for overseeing instruction, curriculum development and program development for3,000 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 served concurrently as Mohonasen's director of information technology.

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