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AHS principal in the running for Cobleskill position

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Updated: 4:35 PM


TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- Amsterdam High School Principal David Ziskin is one of two candidates in the running for Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District's superintendent position.

Ziskin, who's been Amsterdam High School's principal for more than five years, said it's time for him to move up to a position with more responsibility.

"I've had a desire to lead a school district for a number of years, and I've been working and preparing myself to pursue a higher position," he said Tuesday.

Ziskin completed the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation's Future Superintendents Academy program last year.

"I'm very interested in moving on and increasing my responsibility as an administrator," he said.

Ziskin, an Amsterdam native, said Cobleskill-Richmondville appealed to him for a number of reasons.

"Cobleskill-Richmondville would give me the opportunity to continue working in a school district where there's some momentum for instruction and academic improvement," he said. "It's also a setting that serves a good portion of its students who come from backgrounds of poverty, which interests me because I want to make a difference."

He said he is fortunate to have progressed through the rounds to get to where he currently stands in the running for the position.

"It doesn't mean I'm going to get the job, though," he said, "and I can't say how it's going to go, but this is just another step in the process of moving up.

"I've always had my eye on continuing to grow and progress to positions higher in responsibility; I'm a person who wants to continue growing and doing what's best for students' education," Ziskin continued.

Ziskin served as principal of Fonda-Fultonville High School from 2005-07, he was assistant principal and athletic director at Broadalbin-Perth High School 2002-05 and he taught high school social studies at B-PHS and AHS from 1992-2002.

The other candidate for the superintendent position is Carl J. Mummenthey, the current superintendent at Jefferson Central School District in Jefferson. Mummenthey is a former middle and high school principal, a secondary English and journalism teacher, and a planning and instructional specialist for Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES.

Ziskin said he would be pleased if Cobleskill-Richmondville offered him the job, but if they chose Mummenthey, he said he'd be just as pleased to return to AHS.

"I'm in a win-win position," he said. "This is a logical step for me if I want to progress my career, but if they decide to choose the other candidate then I'm very fortunate to go back to a school district that I really, really enjoy working at."

Ziskin and Mummenthey will participate in a third round of interviews for the position Thursday and next Monday, then the Cobleskill-Richmondville Board of Education will vote on its top candidate July 7 during a regular meeting.


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