Robert R. Pritchard, Ed.D


QUALIFICATIONS PROFILE


Performance-driven, insightful School District Leader with a proven ability to educate, inspire, and graduate students who are excellent in scholarship and character and are empowered to reach their maximum potential as responsible and productive members of society.


A creator of positive learning experiences, who is well-versed in all levels of administration – tactical (Teacher, Vice-Principal), operational (Principal) and strategic (Superintendent) – who encourages students to be confident, self-directed, lifelong learners.

A long-range planner who ensures a safe, productive and physically comfortable learning environment.


Above all, a proven leader with the skills necessary to build successful teams, coupled with the ability to direct collaborative partnerships of students, school district, family, and community.



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Superintendent of the Mexico Academy and Central School District (2010 to present), Mexico, NY
Chief School Executive of a K-12 public school district with an enrollment in excess of 2,100 students.   Responsible for leading and influencing over 400 staff – by providing purpose, direction, and motivation – while possessing the skills necessary to accomplish the district's mission and overall improvement of the organization.  As a seasoned school administrator, exhibits the essential characteristics of leadership – both in philosophy and practice – to serve the district as its chief instructional leader.  These characteristics are evidenced by strong character traits (the “being”); interpersonal, conceptual and technical skills (the “knowing”); and an ability to influence the school community toward improved student learning (the “doing”).

Key Accomplishments:
  • Revised the academic program to include more rigor in the physical sciences, to include Advanced Placement in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the high school and additional opportunities for acceleration at the middle school – to include Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Provided oversight to all curriculum mapping.

  • Promoted a leveled-literacy approach to early childhood reading and writing programs at three elementary schools.

  • Implemented APPR reform and Common-Core instructional “shifts” in math and ELA.

  • Spearheaded the Comprehensive District Educational Plan (CDEP) that provided community support and capacity-building skills to the Mexico Schools in the deep analysis of data, planning strategies that addressed the needs identified through this analysis, and created collaborative stakeholder ownership of school and district improvement goals; and reduced the redundancy and volume of multiple plans in favor of a comprehensive plan that considered all the important aspects of school improvement.

  • Chaired and guided the Mexico Academy and Central Schools Budget Committee; a process that resulted in a community-driven budget that considered the learning needs of students while maintaining a sensitivity to the local economic climate.

  • Maintained and improved relations with the Board of Education and the community at large through frequent meetings that stressed open, transparent and - above all - honest communications.  In addition to face-to-face discussions, introduced and sustained a comprehensive, community relations strategy that included an array of digital and printed media.  

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, Kingston City School District (2007 to 2010), Kingston, NY
Managed the logistical and operational functions (financial group, buildings and grounds, transportation, food service, and district-wide safety) as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet in support of academic programs. Senior-level leader of a school district with an 8,000 plus student enrollment and a budget in excess of $140 million.

Key Accomplishments:
  • Initiated and supervised several capital projects to include a $22 million renovation at 18 project sites and the restoration of the Carnegie Library – a 109 year old facility redesigned to support the High School’s Fine Arts and Digital Media programs. Both projects had zero impact on local tax share.

  • Authored general fund budgets in excess of $140 million and spearheaded the budgetary development and voter approval processes for the school years ranging from 2007-2010.

  • Increased operating efficiencies and level of service by implementing decision support computer automation in the areas of food-service (POS terminals), transportation (bus routing), facilities management (work scheduling and capital project management) and accounting architecture (extraclassroom recordkeeping).

Principal, M.C. Miller Middle School, Kingston City School District (2004 to 2007), Lake Katrine, NY
Coached, mentored and modeled effective instructional practices through the implementation and management of a performance review process for over 100 certified staff in a school with approximately 1,000 students.

Key Accomplishments:
  • Improved Standardized Test Scores on all NYS Intermediate Level Assessments.  Achieved adequate yearly progress (AYP) on NYS testing in all academic subject areas at all grade levels.

  • Implemented Title I and IID programs to include Math and ELA “Survival Camps,” Guided Reading, Sixth Grade Math AIS, and FastForword Computer Training for students with disabilities.

  • Revised master schedule significantly reducing classes taught “off-the-cart.”

Vice Principal, J.W. Bailey Middle School, Kingston City School District (1999 to 2004), Kingston, NY
Supported the community’s initiative to raise student expectations and to increase academic achievement by maintaining an appropriate school climate and environment in which to learn.
Key Accomplishment:
  • Re-aligned the school’s code of conduct with faculty’s behavior management protocol. This decreased student behavior problems and reduced the suspension rate from 17.3 to 6.9 percent.


OTHER RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1984 to 1999

NYS Public School Teaching (Oxford High School, 1993-97; Capital Region BOCES, 1998-99)
As a dually-certified classroom teacher, planned and delivered meaningful instruction in two content areas (Social Studies and Business Education) meeting the academic needs for a range of learning styles.

Key Accomplishments:
  • Designed curriculum in accordance with NYSED’s Learning Standards in the areas of Social Studies, English and Business Education for public high school students in grades 9-12.

  • Optimized the allocation of resources through cooperative learning. Special needs students received greater attention while more gifted students were allowed to work at their own pace.

Corporate Management (Coca Cola of New York, 1988-89; Key Bank of New York, 1990-93)
Planned, lead, organized and implemented controls as a manager in two corporations. Developed and analyzed performance data significantly improving shareholder wealth.
Key Accomplishment:

  • Intercepted a white-collar criminal conspiracy that resulted in the arrest of two individuals who had stolen inventory valued in excess of $50,000 prior to my employment.

Military Service (United States Army, 1984-88; United States Army Reserves, 1988-2008)
Since graduation from West Point, inspired and motivated soldiers toward mission success in both peacetime and combat environments. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division on Bagram Airfield during Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
Key Accomplishment:
  • Awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for civic reconstruction and humanitarian assistance rendered to the Afghan populace as a combatant in the Global War on Terrorism.

EDUCATION AND LICENSURE

Certified by the New York State Department of Education as a School District Administrator (SDA), Teacher of Social Studies (7-12) and Teacher of Business and Distributive Education.

Doctor of Education, Educational Administration 
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY – South Orange, New Jersey

Master of Science, Educational Administration
THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY – Albany, New York

Master of Business Administration, Corporate Finance
PACE UNIVERSITY – White Plains, New York

Bachelor of Science, General Engineering
THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY – West Point, New York


OTHER


Active member in the following organizations: 
  • Executive Director of the School Alliance for Continuous Improvement (SACI) - In order to operationalize a commitment to continuous improvement concerning student achievement, SACI review teams employ systems thinking and a data driven approach to determine how to affect teaching and learning in their school districts.
  • Oswego County Delegate to the New York State Council of School Superintendents - The New York State Council of School Superintendents is a professional and advocacy organization with over a century of service to school superintendents in New York State.  The Council provides its more than 800 members with numerous professional development opportunities, publications and personal services, while advocating for public education and the superintendency.
  • Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education, Xi Gamma Chapter
  • Mensa and Triple Nine Societies - These societies welcome people from every walk of life whose IQ is at or above the 98th and 99.97th percentiles, respectively.

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
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