Final two candidates for Skaneateles superintendent meet public

He attended the State University of New York College at Oswego and holds a doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University.

Davey started off his forum on Thursday night by giving a slide show presentation on his philosophy on education and what his goals would be for Skaneateles as superintendent. There were about the same number of people in attendance as at Pulos’ forum the night before.

Davey introduced a graphic showing student outcomes and support systems made by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national non-profit group that he supports as an educator.

The outcomes include core subjects, learning and innovation skills, technology skills and life and career skills. He said the skills like innovation, creativity and critical thinking, which aren’t necessarily covered by traditional assessments, are essential for education adding: “that is what America is known for.”

Davey said he wants to put an emphasis on teaching technology. “These are the skills business leaders say our kids are lacking in across the country,” he said. He said having new technology like tablet computers in classrooms is important for developing tech skills in students from a young age.

When asked about leadership Davey gave an example from his time at Gates Chili. The district was in the middle of a building project that they were unable to complete when the cost of building materials unexpectedly rose. Davey said that he and the school board were honest and transparent about the problem and were able to rally the community and get support and funding to finish the project.

Davey said that hiring good teachers should be a priority for a board of education.

“Hiring the highest quality people, doing extra background checks and making sure the person walking in the door is the best of the best is one of the best things a superintendent can do,” he said.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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