Canton HS Grad To Take Over As District Superintendent

Canton HS Grad To Take Over As District Superintendent

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Ronald Burke will be going home. The 1988 Canton High School graduate will leave his job as Edwards-Knox school superintendent this summer to take up the same post in Canton. He says going home doesn't mean the job will be any easier.

“The challenge will be to go in with a fresh set of eyes and really listen to not just the staff, but the entire community, as to what they want that school to become for the next 5, 10, 20 years,” he said.

The Canton school board chose Burke last week. He'll replace retiring Superintendent William Gregory. The Edwards-Knox school board is getting briefed on how to search for a replacement.

“Any educational leader that's really looking for that school where he can make a difference – this is the place,” said Burke.

At Edwards-Knox, Burke oversaw the start of a free breakfast and lunch program for all students. Bus service was expanded for after-school activities and a literacy coach brought in.

Burke will be coming to a much larger school district in Canton. But he's no stranger to large organizations. At one time, he was an assistant superintendent at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.

He says its the kids that make it all worth it. Seeing students progress is its own reward. Sometimes it can be messy. There were lessons learned.

“Never wear a white shirt on spaghetti day because you're going to get a hug from a kindergartner and it's not going to look real good,” said Burke.

The Canton job has a salary of $135,000. Burke has a three-year contract to lead the district.

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