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Frontier names new superintendent

An assistant superintendent for Fairport Central Schools near Rochester was named the new superintendent Tuesday at Frontier Central School District.

Bret Apthorpe, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Fairport, will start at Frontier on July 1.

There were 29 applications for the job, board member Larry Albert said.

Apthorpe, who has been a classroom teacher, coach and administrator, was accompanied by his wife, Tracy, and teenage daughters, Hannah and Jessica, to Tuesday’s board meeting.

He also has a son, Jake, who is a freshman in college.

“The very first time I met this School Board, they spoke fondly, proudly about the commitment of this community to the school district,” he said.

Apthorpe will be paid $165,000, and he has a three-year contract with the district. He started working at Fairport in 2007 as director of technology and was named assistant superintendent in 2011.

He also has served as director of instructional technology at Monroe 1 BOCES and was assistant principal at Churchville-Chili Central School District. He was a social studies teacher for 12 years at Southwestern Central School District and Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools.

A native of Mayville, he attended the University at Buffalo and earned a master’s degree from Fredonia State College. He also holds a doctorate from the University of Rochester.

Apthorpe fills the vacancy created by the retirement last year of James C. Bodziak and becomes the ninth superintendent or interim superintendent in the district in the last 10 years.

“I’ve never interviewed a candidate that I was so confident was the perfect fit for Frontier,” Albert said. “If you believe the old musical adage, practice makes perfect, we’ve had a lot of practice, now we have our perfect.”

Apthorpe, who lives in Honeoye Falls, likes fishing and hunting, according to his blog, Apthorpes Fishing & Hunting Adventures.

He described himself on the website as an “avid family oriented fisherman who frequents the Finger Lakes, Chautauqua Lake, and Northern Ontario fishing for jumbo perch and spring crappie.”

His interests include “parenting, technology, musky fishing, Chautauqua Lake, family camping, do-it-yourself, ham radio and national parks,” according to the blog.

He said he will begin looking for a home in the district as soon as possible, although the family has not decided whether their daughters will finish high school in the Honeoye Falls-Lima district or at Frontier.