JPS Superintendent Dr. Bret Apthorpe Announces Retirement
JPS Superintendent Bret Apthorpe announced his retirement at tonight’s Board of Education meeting effective June 30, 2020.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement today from the Jamestown Public Schools,” said Dr. Apthorpe. “It is with much thought and deliberation that I came to this decision. While educating our youth has been my life’s primary mission for the past 30 years, there comes a time when one has to consider his own family. I have spent long hours throughout my career away from my family in pursuit of that goal.
Dr. Apthorpe continued, “Despite my love for my work and for the Jamestown community, it has come time to put my family first. While I am leaving at the end of the 2020 school year, I think Jamestown’s future is bright. Initiatives that we started will far outlast my time in Jamestown allowing our students to reach their full potential. I firmly believe that the best is yet to come for the students of Jamestown Public Schools.”
Dr. Apthorpe began with the district in September 2017 and started many successful initiatives while at Jamestown including: launching the JPS Success Academy which hosts Jamestown middle and high school students who may need extra help whether academically, socially or emotionally, creating a district-wide elementary summer reading program - JPS LEAP to develop literacy skills, prevent “summer slide” and provide enrichment opportunities for over 600 Jamestown students, re-aligning curriculum with college and local labor requirements and identifying long-term physical plant needs in the district.
“We wish Dr. Apthorpe was staying, however, we understand and support his decision,” said Jamestown Board of Education President Paul Abbott. “Dr. Apthorpe has made many improvements during his tenure and has also guided us through some challenging events. Knowing Dr. Apthorpe, I am confident he will be 100% committed to continuing to help us move closer to our goals as a district right up to his last day with us, and even beyond. Although this may not be the scenario any of us would have drawn up, we should all view this as an opportunity and an exciting time. It is an exciting time for Dr. Apthorpe as he moves into a new, hopefully more relaxed phase of his life, but it is also an exciting time and an opportunity for Jamestown Public Schools.”
Prior to becoming JPS Superintendent, Dr. Apthorpe was the superintendent of schools for the Frontier Central School District in Hamburg, NY from 2014 to 2017. Previously, Dr. Apthorpe was the assistant superintendent of curriculum & instruction at Fairport Central School District from 2007 to 2014. Dr. Apthorpe began his educational career at Southwestern Central School District in Lakewood, NY as a social studies teacher. He also taught high school social studies in the Honeoye Fall-Lima Central School District. In 2000, Dr. Apthorpe transitioned to building administration as the director of instructional technology at the Monroe #1 BOCES and senior high assistant principal in the Churchville-Chili Central School District.