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Iroquois school superintendent signs on for another five years

Douglas Scofield will remain superintendent of the Iroquois School District for the next five years after the Board of Education authorized a new contract to keep him through 2020.

Scofield joined the district in 2006 and was appointed superintendent in 2011.

The board unanimously approved the deal last week at its last scheduled meeting until Aug. 26.

Board President Charles Specht said he is pleased that Scofield will stay on as the district’s leader, noting he has guided the district seamlessly through changes.

“I welcome you for another five years,” Specht added.

Scofield said he is pleased to be remaining in the district, praising the School Board and the residents.

“I really enjoy working at Iroquois,” he said. “It’s a fabulous staff, fabulous students and fabulous community. It’s just a great place to work and I enjoy coming in every single day.”

The meeting signaled the start of a new year for the district and Scofield spent a few minutes reviewing the 2014-15 academic year, which he said went well.

He said the district experienced “growing pains” associated with the fourth grade’s move into the middle school with the fifth and sixth grades.

“There were definitely adjustments in styles of principals, expectations of students with the continuation of the Common Core and understanding the standards,” Scofield said.

The district also brought back Joseph DePlato as its school resource officer through collaboration with the town of Elma.

While serving as a state trooper, DePlato acted as the district’s resource officer for several years until funding for the position was cut in 2013.

However, State Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma, procured $17,000 last year to help pay for the position, and Elma created a one-man police department, appointing DePlato – who retired from the State Police – to the post.

Scofield said DePlato serves as a strong influence with students growing into young adults.