Fort Plain BOE announces David Ziskin as new
JULY 6, 2015 - The Fort Plain Central School
District Board of Education has announced its choice of David W.
Ziskin as new superintendent of schools. Ziskin is currently the
high school principal for the Greater Amsterdam School District.
Pending successful contract negotiations, he is expected to assume
his responsibilities at Fort Plain on Sept. 1, 2015 or sooner.
David Ziskin has served as the high school
principal in Amsterdam since 2008. Before that, he was the high
school principal at Fonda-Fultonville Central School District for
two years, and assistant principal and director of athletics at
Broadalbin-Perth Central Schools from 2002-2005. His career in
education began as a high school social studies teacher in Amsterdam
Prior to his position at Amsterdam, Ziskin
spent a year as senior associate for the Successful Practices
Network, a not-for-profit partner of the International Center for
Leadership in Education where he coordinated a Gates
Foundation-funded initiative that studied the practices of effective
high schools around the nation.
During the 2012-13 school year, Ziskin was one
of 20 fellows selected to participate in the LEAF Inc./New York
State Council of School Superintendents Future Superintendents
Academy. The yearlong intensive training included topics on
instructional and fiscal leadership, governance, strategic planning
While at Amsterdam, Ziskin oversaw the
Comprehensive Education Planning Team, whose initiatives improved
instruction and helped increase graduation rates among students with
disabilities from 18 percent to 45 percent and Hispanic students
from 32 percent to over 50 percent.
Ziskin explained the success in Amsterdam
during the application process for the Fort Plain superintendent’s
“I feel that I have been successful in uniting
a team to work toward a common vision at Amsterdam High School. I
strongly believe that I can replicate this type of atmosphere at the
district level where individuals embrace the goals we are working
toward because they have invested in the development of those
goals,” Ziskin said.
“My priority as superintendent will be to
support the well-being of students and student learning. I will do
so by developing trusting relationships with our administrative
team, teacher-leaders, the Board of Education and the community that
support the development of an educational plan that leads to
continued professional growth of our educators and best serves
students as we continue to navigate difficult, unpredictable
Ziskin holds a master’s in Teaching Social
Studies from SUNY Albany and a bachelor’s degree in Political
Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. He earned his school district
administrator certification from SUNY Plattsburgh and Massachusetts
College of Liberal Arts. He is currently engaged in doctoral studies
in Educational Leadership at Sage Graduate College.
The Fort Plain board narrowed its field of
applicants to three finalists before deciding on David Ziskin as the
district's new chief administrator. In addition, the board
interviewed Wells Central School District Superintendent Thomas
Sincavage and Hadley-Luzerne Central School District Superintendent
Dr. Paul Berry.
HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick
Michel facilitated the search process for Fort Plain.