Jeremy Palotti, elementary school principal at Dansville for the past six years, was named the new superintendent of the Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District on Monday.

Jeremy Palotti, elementary school principal at Dansville for the past six years, was named the new superintendent of the Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District on Monday.

Palotti will begin his new Canisteo-Greenwood responsibilities July 22. He succeeds Dr. Jeffrey A. Matteson, who was appointed April 24 to lead the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (TST BOCES).

In accepting the position after the board of education vote, Palotti noted that more than 60 of the 80-plus graduates of the Canisteo-Greenwood Class of 2013 will enter college this fall, an indication of academic strength, he said.

Palotti summarized the district as “the right place to prepare kids for success” after graduation.
Canisteo-Greenwood is “a small district in Western New York offering a comprehensive academic program preparing graduates to enter the workforce, military or college.”

Board of Education Michael L. Nisbet called Palotti “the right guy for the job.”

When a reporter asked about his knowledge of the district, Palotti said, “Those who know me understand I complete lots of homework and research” before taking on major responsibilities.

“Jeremy Palotti is a strong advocate for students, a capable leader, a respected colleague and a friend. We congratulate him on his new appointment and we are happy for him but sad to see him go,” said Dansville Central School superintendent Paul Alioto.

“Mr. Palotti has worked tirelessly to plan, develop and implement a new elementary schedule, a new approach to remediation and enrichment and meaningful professional development for teachers. Our students’ performance will improve over the next few years and the school community will owe much of that success to Jeremy Palotti’s vision and hard work.”

Palotti’s academic credentials include a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine, Orono, and a master’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Geneseo. Orono is considered the flagship campus of the University of Maine system.

The Pavilion, N.Y., native earned his certificate in advanced studies, the key to becoming a superintendent in any secondary school in New York State, from SUNY Brockport.

The Superintendent Development Program he participated in at SUNY Oswego included practical experience working with school leaders. Students in the group of aspiring superintendents study every component of secondary school management from fiscal planning to working with boards of education, Palotti said.

The new superintendent said he worked extensively in the West Irondequoit school district, which has more than 4,000 students, during the SUNY Oswego program.