Pawling School Board Chooses New Superintendent

New Pawling Central School District Superintendent Kim Fontana with Board of Education President Jeff Asher.

The Pawling School Board is pleased to announce that Kim Fontana has accepted to serve as Pawling Central School District’s new Superintendent. The Board looks forward to her continuing service to the Pawling community in this leadership role. Ms. Fontana brings a deep commitment to building and sustaining community connections and providing an instructional program that is responsive to individual student interests and strengths. “I am honored to have been chosen,” Says Fontana. “My goal is to collaborate across the school and community to continue to build upon the excellent leadership of Dr. Ward and make a challenging, engaging and personally meaningful educational experience assured for every child.”

Kim Fontana has been Pawling’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for five years. In her tenure, she has overseen major improvements in curriculum and instruction affecting our programs K – 12. These have included the implementation of Project Lead the Way, the move to a readers and writers workshop model of instruction, job-embedded professional development and leadership opportunities for teachers, the ongoing development of our Advanced Placement, dual-credit, and Science Research programs, the first Seal of Biliteracy Program in Dutchess County, and a renewed focus on community connections, personalized learning, and civic engagement. Working with teachers, staff, and principals, she has led the district to improved performance in multiple areas over the last five years.

Kim Fontana’s energy, creativity, and community focus have inspired the development of such community events as the Pawling Human Library, a partnership with the Pawling Library that has grown to a catalog of over 70 inspiring human books as well as multiple enhancements to the Pawling CSD music program, including a partnership with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble that resulted in a world premiere of composer Eliot Bailen’s Falling for “Pawling: A Musical Tribute to our Home,” in which over 100 students participated along with professional musicians.

Prior to service in Pawling, Ms. Fontana was the Assistant Director of Special Education and Curriculum and Instructional Services at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. She spent much of her early career in the Ithaca City Schools, where she was a middle and high school English teacher and department chair before assuming the position of Director of Research and Staff Development, which she held for a decade. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester and her master’s in teaching at SUNY Cortland. Her school leadership training was completed at Syracuse University, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in literacy education. She is married to a retired educator and has a son and daughter-in-law who live in Manhattan.