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.

— BH-BL Board of Education President James Maughan said he was pleased with the board’s selection of McGrath.

“I think he’s going to be a good fit for Burnt Hills. He’s very student centered, you can see in everything he does, it all goes back to the students. Choosing the superintendent is the most important we do and it has a long lasting impact,” he said.

“We wanted to ensure that we got input from everyone, all of the stakeholders. It’s been a lot of hours. We look forward to working with him, and are grateful for what Mr. Schultz has done,” added Maughan.

Maughan said he’s excited to make the move to BH-BL.

“My past 10 years at Mohonasen have been filled with great experiences and great people. … I'm excited to draw upon these experiences as I move into this new opportunity to serve and to lead at BH-BL. Burnt Hills has long been known and respected for excellence throughout the Suburban Council," said McGrath in a statement.

McGrath’s experience with technology played a factor in the board’s decision. The district is in the midst of implementing a program entitled Framework for the 21st Century, which involves nine skills and nine teams of people to examine and integrate technology into learning.

Areas of the program include computer literacy and cultural diversity. The district has many goals connected to technology and school board member John Blowers said McGrath will “help us realize those goals” and move forward with technology learning.

“In our 75-year history we’ve had five superintendents, we pride ourselves on a supervisor’s long tenure, long term goals, strategies and consistency,” said Blowers.

McGrath, 44, and his wife Denise have four children. Two sons have already graduated from school and their daughter will be graduating from Mohonasen this June. Their third son is a preschooler, who is already excited, McGrath says, about becoming a Spartan.

McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in science education from the University at Albany, and he is a doctoral student there in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy.

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