Carol Pallas, Superintendent of the Schalmont School District for the past seven and one-half years, has informed the Board of Education at Schalmont Central School District that after 34 years in education, she plans to retire.
During her seven years at Schalmont, Pallas has overseen the development of new education initiatives at Schalmont such as the Portrait of a Graduate, in which she put forth the challenge to ensure that every Schalmont graduate is prepared for college and careers in the 21st century.
She worked with stakeholder teams to develop a comprehensive technology plan that included enhanced program offerings and the availability of equipment, including 1:1 devices for students, created a STEAM ecosystem made up of area businesses, organizations and higher education facilities, and increased focus on instructional professional development for teachers including job-embedded coaching and online sessions. Pallas worked to successfully secure the passage of annual budgets every year by a majority vote and secured the bond vote for capital improvements to the high school office and the creation of a learning commons, and improvements to the library and student lockers, middle school renovations, and a new transportation facility built on campus.
“I have enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to lead such an exceptional organization,” Pallas said, adding, “I am very appreciative of the community at Schalmont. They have been incredibly supportive. The parents, students, teachers, and Board of Education have the students’ best interests in mind, and together, we have worked to move Schalmont forward.”
Michael Pasquarella, the board’s president, said a confidential search was conducted for a replacement. He said Pallas has made a significant impact on the Schalmont School community and the district has seen many successes.
Pallas’ retirement was planned prior to the Coronavirus outbreak and the pandemic did not have any impact on the search process for a new Superintendent. “We had planned to announce my retirement earlier than today, however, with the onset of the pandemic and all the swift and significant changes that happened in schools, we reconsidered, “ Pallas said. “With all the uncertainty and emotion that was part of school closures, this was not the time to share this information. It is unfortunate to have this current situation mark the end of my education career and time in Schalmont, however, I know that I am leaving this district in very capable hands and that the community will bring the same level of support to the new superintendent for the work ahead,” stated Pallas.
The Schalmont Central School District Board of Education has appointed Thomas Reardon, Ed.D. as the next superintendent of schools.
Pallas will remain on for the next four months to assist with a smooth transition to the next superintendent and to ensure the completion of the current capital project.