Daniel E. Kathman, Jamestown Public Schools' superintendent, will announce his intention to retire as of July 31 at Tuesday's school board meeting.
From receiving his first professional assignment as a teacher's aide in Erie to performing his last professional duty as superintendent of the Jamestown Public Schools, Kathman's career as an educator has spanned nearly four decades and encompassed several capacities. During his 26-year tenure in Jamestown, Kathman has served as Love Elementary School principal from 1987 to 1990; director of elementary education from 1990 to 2003; assistant superintendent for instruction from 2003 to 2007 and most recently as district superintendent.
"Although I am not a Jamestown native, it has been my honor and privilege to have adopted Jamestown as my hometown," Kathman said. "Deb and I have raised our four boys here, all of whom are proud JHS graduates. I have an ever-increasing respect for the collective abilities of our dedicated JPS teachers, administrators and support staff to have a positive and powerful impact on the lives of our community's children."
Kathman also expressed a special respect for his central office team and for his predecessor and mentor, Raymond Fashano.
Kathman also recognized the tireless efforts of the Jamestown Board of Education.
"Folks sometimes forget that board members are community volunteers and deserve our thanks and appreciation for their contributions. I will always hold in particular esteem those board of education presidents under whom I have worked: Mr. Joseph Pawelski, Mrs. Christine Schnars, and current president, Mr. Joseph DiMaio."
"Mr. Kathman has worn many hats for the Jamestown schools over the years," said Joe DiMaio, Jamestown Public Schools board president. "However, his number one priority has always been the well-being and education of the children of our district. He truly cares about the success of all of our students. He is a man of the highest integrity and I am proud to call him a friend. I speak for the Board when I say that we will miss him but also wish him a well-earned retirement."
Kathman's retirement announcement is timed to allow the Board of Education adequate time to conduct a thorough and extensive search for his replacement.
"While I look forward to the changes and challenges retirement will bring," Kathman said. "I remain entirely focused on district challenges for the balance of this school year and on my intention for a smooth transition in JPS leadership."