Peru school chooses new superintendent

— Every student is the school community’s shared responsibility, says Dr. Patrick Brimstein.

Authentic curriculum engages students in learning and collaboration makes for quality schools, he said.

Recently, the Peru Central School Board appointed the former military para rescue soldier turned academic the district’s next superintendent.

“I have no doubt he will do a great job here,” said Peru School Board President Roderick Driscoll.

The 48-year-old starts July 1 and was appointed to a three year contract beginning at $145,000 annually.

He replaces Dr. Thomas Stapleford, who took over when A. Paul Scott retired.

Stapleford, who is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ended up resigning after suffering a manic episode and being hospitalized.

Scott was called out of retirement and has been filling in as interim superintendent.

Peru’s school board voted 6-1 in favor of entering into a contract with Brimstein, who is currently principal of Wheatland-Chili High School in Monroe County.

He completed part of his education in Europe, traveling the world with military para rescue, where he says he learned the value of team work.

Prior to working for Wheatland-Chili High School, Brimstein served as an assistant principal in the Greece Central School District, academy director of Edison Schools-Charter School of Science and Technology in Rochester, and curriculum chair of the New Visions program at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES.

He earned a doctorate in education administration from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and is certified in school district administration, secondary English and social studies.

Brimstein believes a well rounded public education strengthens society, communication unites schools and communities, improvement requires planning and adequate feedback, and there is opportunity in every challenge.

“We need to have everybody talking together,” he said.

He further stressed that students must be engaged to learn and curriculum must be relevant to their lives. They need to see the value in it.

He and his wife are eager to relocate. Peru School officials are equally excited.

“We are very happy Dr. Brimstein is going to join us,” Driscoll said. “I think he will be a great leader.”

In fact, Driscoll pointed out, he is already a leader and very comfortable in that role. Brimstein is held in high regard where he works, noted Driscoll, and gave an impressive public presentation. He is calm and extremely professional, the board president added.

“He has a pretty incredible background.”

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