Swanton BOE Approves Bolyard as Dean of Students at SES
At the June meeting of the Swanton Board of Education (BOE), Board members approved the hiring of Joe Bolyard as the Dean of Students at the Swanton Elementary School (SES). Mr. Bolyard, who has been a teacher at SES for 22 years in several different capacities, was approved by four members with the fifth, Ben Remer, abstaining as Mr. Bolyard’s brother-in-law.
The SES Dean of Students is a new position that was created to help alleviate the workload on SES Principal Christie Molter and Swanton Middle School (SMS) Assistant Principal Leigh Pancoast who would typically spend one to two days a week working at the SES. “We have had the job description for Dean of Students. We keep it on the books and from time to time, when we feel we really need this we add it back in,” said Swanton Schools Superintendent Chris Lake.
Mr. Lake further explained that while the SES has the largest student population out of the three buildings, it does not have a dedicated assistant principal as does the SMS and Swanton High School.
“It’s been something we’ve been looking at in the elementary for a while and we felt like the time was right. So, we posted it internally for a dean. We had a few people apply. We interviewed them and decided to go with Joe,” said Mr. Lake. “Joe has done his administrative licensure stuff. He’s got all that stuff to be a principal and he wants to someday.”
Familiarity with the school system and the Village are also advantages for Mr. Bolyard in this new position. “As a teacher there he obviously knows the kids, he knows the staff. He has been really big into PBIS which is Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. It’s something the State mandates that all schools have,” explained Mr. Lake. He also uses a program that helps student learn how to deal better with each other, deal better with their teachers and prevent problematic issues before they begin.
Mr. Bolyard is very much looking forward to his new position within the Swanton Local School District and the next chapter of his career in education.