Meet the new DCS superintendent

Meet the new DCS superintendent
Posted on 06/30/2021
Joseph Gilfus On July 1, Joseph Gilfus took over as the new DCS superintendent. He comes to the district after working as interim director at the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego (DCMO) BOCES. Prior to his work there, he served as high school principal at Thousand Islands from 2004-2020. He has also served as the assistant principal/athletic administrator at the Camden Central School District.

A native of Auburn, N.Y.,  he graduated from Weedsport Jr.-Sr. High School and received his bachelor’s degree in English (superintendent development program) from SUNY Albany, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in educational leadership and master’s degree in physical education & athletic administration from SUNY Brockport. He is currently working toward a doctorate in educational leadership from Syracuse University.

We caught up with him to ask about his educational goals at DCS.

Q. Why did you want to come to DCS?

A. When reflecting on my next chapter as an educator, I was in a position to be very selective, both with what I wanted to do and where. As an aspiring superintendent, I knew I wanted to continue my work in a smaller, rural school community, much like my entire professional career. After reading the Dolgeville superintendent search brochure I said to myself, “this school district is a perfect match for me, and I think I’m a strong match for Dolgeville.” After submitting my application and throughout the recruitment process, I made several trips to the school community to confirm my feeling that we were a strong match for each other. As the interview process continued, my desire to become the superintendent at Dolgeville continued to grow and grow, and today I am very grateful to have been selected to lead the district beginning July 1, 2021.

Q. What are a few of your goals/visions for the district?
A. As superintendent, my vision includes:

a. To achieve excellence by providing DCS students and staff a rewarding and challenging environment supported by strategic planning, fiscal transparency, and utilization of available resources.
b. To raise the tolerance levels on the part of all DCS students and staff in a way that will result in a safe, non-threatening, healthy environment where everyone feels comfortable and motivated to contribute.
c. To promote positive relationships between and within the DCS school community by engaging in and practicing clear communications and informed transparency.

Q. What do you think are your best qualities?

A. As I reflect, objectively, I would say that my better qualities include being approachable. I’m an active listener, highly motivated, dedicated, and goal driven, very composed, accountable, and an everyday learner. My best qualities are that I see the best in everyone, and that I am student centered in all that I do.

Q.What do you want the community to know about you?

A. I want the Dolgeville School Community to know that I will always give my best in everything I do, will never claim to be perfect, and I am committed to learning every single day. Always know that what is best for students will always come first, and that I am also committed to supporting all students and families regardless of who they are and what they aspire to achieve. I’m going to do everything I can to support them. I want our students to have every opportunity to pursue their interests, regardless of what that might be, and feel proud of themselves.
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