The career path for most associate superintendents is fairly predictable: move from district A's No. 2 post to district B's No. 1 post, or something similar.
But one local associate superintendent has no intention of following that hard-and-fast rule, choosing instead to march to his own beat -- literally.
Gordon Kerr, assistant superintendent of the Hamburg School District, announced last week that he is leaving July 9 to become chief executive officer of the Black River Music Group, a Nashville, Tenn., music label owned by his family.
"When people hear that I'm leaving and going to a music label, they say, 'That's been your dream for years,' " Kerr said.
And though the departure is for a one-year sabbatical, he won't rule out an extended stay.
A former music teacher, Kerr has a degree in music, plays keyboard, trombone and guitar, and sings as part of the worship team at Wesleyan Church of Hamburg. He studied at Eastman School in Rochester and was a graduate assistant in the music department at the University at Buffalo.
On the flip side, he has handled an assortment of administrative jobs since joining the Hamburg district in 2004, including being principal at Union Pleasant Elementary School and assistant superintendent and acting superintendent in 2007 before the current superintendent, Mark Crawford, came on board.
So why Nashville?
Kerr said joining the Black River Music Group will allow him to combine his administrative and music experience. He called it the "best of both worlds."
He said he is particularly excited to be a part of a label with the goal of influencing not only this generation of music lovers but the next.
"For 20 years, I've been influencing kids," Kerr said. "Hopefully, I'll still be doing that -- just in a different way."
In his absence, Gregg J. Davis, assistant superintendent of informational services, and Crawford will handle Kerr's day-to-day duties.