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Akron Schools announces selection of new Superintendent of Schools

Patrick D. McCabe      Akron Schools is pleased to announce their selection for Superintendent of Schools following a comprehensive search process led by Dr. Timothy O’Neill of the Western New York Educational Service Council. Mr. Patrick D. McCabe has accepted the position and will replace retiring Akron Superintendent, Mr. Kevin Shanley.  Mr. McCabe was introduced by the Board of Education during its annual Budget Hearing held Tuesday, May 14, 2019.  McCabe will lead the district beginning July 1, 2019.

     Patrick D. McCabe has spent more than 25 years in public education.  His career began at the Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District where he was as an elementary and middle school resource room teacher and later a classroom teacher in self-contained and co-teaching settings.  A focus on experiential learning, family involvement, and commitment to the wider school community contributed to the district awarding him the distinction of Teacher of the Year.

     Seeking to work closer to home, he joined the Cleveland Hill Union Free School District and spent an additional two years in the classroom before being hired as the elementary school assistant principal.  For the past 11 years he has served as building principal of Cleveland Hill Elementary School.  Under his Leadership, the school has seen significant growth in student achievement, advancing to the top quarter of the Business First ranking of Western New York Public Elementary Schools while also being recognized for “Boosting Achievement of Economically Disadvantaged Students”

by Better Outcomes, LLC, for the past two years. In an effort to improve student achievement and teacher efficacy in his home district and throughout the region, he has lead training sessions for teachers and administrators on data analysis and planning, positive behavioral interventions, and response to intervention data protocols. 

     Mr. McCabe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from SUNY College at Fredonia, a Master of Science degree in Secondary Special Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, and a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from Canisius College.  He has also completed the Future Superintendents Academy sponsored by the New York State Council for School Superintendents and the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation.

     In addition to his passion for excellence in education and student first approach, Mr. McCabe recognizes the importance of planning and strategic partnering with administrators, teachers, students, families, and the community to attain substantial student growth in a positive learning environment.

     Mr. McCabe and his wife Laura, a first grade special education teacher, have made their home in Clarence Center. They have three children: Katie, a Reading Specialist teaching assistant, and twin boys, Connor and Evan, both college juniors. As a family, they enjoy a healthy lifestyle through a love of the outdoors, sports, and spending time together.