Message from incoming superintendent, Dr. James Niedermeier

James Niedermeier, Ed.D, was appointed Duanesburg superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2020, by the DCS Board of Education at their April 7, 2020 meeting. Dr. Niedermeier extends the message below to all in the district. He also offers a brief video message.

April 8, 2020

Dear Duanesburg Central School District Community Member,

I am proud to have been asked to lead the Duanesburg Central School District as its next Superintendent. I know that Duanesburg is a great place to live and go to school and I look forward to getting to know it more intimately within the coming weeks, months, and years.

Before moving to the region five years ago with my wife, Karen, and my three kids (Olivia, Abby, and Sam) to take a position as principal of Tech Valley High School, I lived in the Rochester area. I actually grew up in a small town very similar to Duanesburg. My childhood, like the childhood of many kids, involved struggling with poverty and the many obstacles that come with it. Fortunately, my teachers refused to let me be defined by my demographics. I became a teacher and, later, a school leader, to repay them for their kindness and selflessness.

Throughout my career, I have had one guiding principle: do what is best for kids. The trust that a community places in its school officials and teachers is sacred. After all, a community’s school is its single most important investment in its future. I promise you that I don’t take that responsibility lightly.

To be successful in this position, I can’t act alone. I’m looking forward to listening to students, parents, staff, and community members to find out more about what you value about your schools and how you would like to see them grow.

I will be starting this position on July 1st and will be working until then to make sure that I can hit the ground running. I’m so excited to join you!

Sincerely,
James Niedermeier, Ed.D