COLONIE — The South Colonie Board of Education selected David Perry as the next school superintendent, a decision that is expected to be finalized at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Perry began his career at South Colonie in 1997 as a math teacher. Since, he has performed a number of duties including associate principal at Colonie High School, principal of Lisha Kill and Sand Creek middle schools and most recently assistant superintendent of schools for human resources, safe school and information technology, a position he has held since 2014.
“I am grateful to serve in this new position and to work collaboratively alongside the talented administration and staff,” Perry said in a statement. “By working as a team with a ‘students-first’ mindset, we will continue to move our district in a positive direction and to improve the educational outcomes for all of our students.”
Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in math from Siena College, a master’s in education from the College of Saint Rose, a certificate of advanced studies in educational policy and leader ship from UAlbany and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Walden University.
He was chosen after a state-wide search conducted by the Board of Education, with the assistance of Capital Region BOCES, that produced a pool of 20 applicants.
“We are extraordinarily pleased with the outcome of this search process. In the end, Dr. Perry proved himself to be the best fit to carry forward the vision of South Colonie,” said Board of Education President Edward Sim. “His track record of helping to drive success over the past 23 years, along with his passion for working with students, staff, and families of our community, demonstrates his capability to succeed in this new role.”
Perry will follow in the footsteps of Superintendent John Buhner, who announced in August, 2019, that he was retiring. Buhner, who was superintendent since 2008, will step down at the end of February. Perry will begin his new job on March 1.