JPS Officials Thanked For Open Search Process

The Jamestown Public School District Board of Education heard something it doesn’t always hear during the public speaking portion of their meeting – “Thank you.”

Four people thanked school officials for the open superintendent search process that concluded with the announcement that Tim Mains will be the district’s next leader. On Monday, a special board meeting was held to make the announcement that Mains will be the district’s next superintendent starting Aug. 1. Mains will succeed Deke Kathman, current JPS superintendent, who announced his retirement in January. Mains’ initial contractual term is set to expire June 30, 2016.

The search process was headed by David O’Rourke, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES superintendent, and was comprised of more than 50 community members representing various stakeholder groups. The stakeholder groups represented by the search committee members include JPS central administrators, community members and parents, faculty, principals and coordinators, students and support staff.

“You showed a commitment to the children and the community,” said Michele Waterman, who was part of the community members and parents committee.

Joseph DiMaio, Jamestown Public School District Board of Education president, said receiving as much feedback from the community as possible was a key in finding the right man for the job.

“It helped us in reaffirming the choice … it felt good the community felt the same way we did,” he said.

DiMaio said he wouldn’t say the process was hard or easy. He said it was a process that took a lot of hard work from many people. He said the last time the board hired a new superintendent was when Daniel Kathman was selected in 2007. However, Kathman, who is also known as Deke, had served the school district for more than 20 years prior to being named superintendent.

“We took it seriously, especially this time, because when we hired Deke he was already in the system, and we didn’t have to go through this,” DiMaio said. “Most of us had never been through anything like this. It was a six-month process that took a lot of hard work.”

Mains began his career in public education as a high school social studies teacher with the Greece Central School District in 1971. He has since served the educational system in several capacities, including: school counselor, teacher center director, staff development director, K-12 social studies director, elementary school principal and, most recently, director of internal school operations at the Rochester City School District.

Additionally, he spent 12 years as the chair of finance for the Rochester City Council, on which his involvement spanned a total of 20 years.