continued Beloncik said Pallas also has experience closing a school, which allows Pallas to understand the difficult decision and process. At Greece, Pallas led the process of closing multiple schools. Schalmont closed two elementary schools in June 2011.
The community’s involvement in the schools, academic performance and extracurricular offerings were things that made Schalmont stand out, Pallas said.
“The community is very much a part of the school system and supports the school and wants the best for their students,” Pallas said. “It is a nice location and I think they are academically strong. They have a lot of offerings for children outside of academics.”
She said the district is in “good shape” and understands the community wants to sustain progress while continuing to improve. Coming in mid-school year, she would continue established goals for the year and work on developing a plan to move forward.
Many of the challenges Schalmont is facing, she said, are similar to other districts throughout the state. Staying within the tax cap will continue being a focus alongside implementing the new teacher evaluations.
Pallas will have some big shoes to fill too, with Kelsey leading the district for eight years.
“The district can’t thank Dr. Kelsey enough for all she has done. She has really brought the district forward,” Beloncik said.