Stephen Tomlinson, Superintendent of Schools
Stephen Tomlinson has led the school district in his hometown since 2008.
A Broadalbin native, Tomlinson is a member of the Broadalbin Central School Class of 1987, the last to graduate from that school before it merged with Perth. After high school, he attended Fulton Montgomery Community College on a scholarship, receiving his associate’s degree from the local college.
Tomlinson went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland and his master’s degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from SUNY Albany. He received his Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from SUNY Albany.
He began his career as a physical education teacher at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School, spending six years in that role before becoming the program coordinator for special education at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES.
Tomlinson worked as the junior-senior high school principal in the Northville Central School District before returning to Broadalbin-Perth as the primary school principal. After five years in that role, Tomlinson became the assistant superintendent for business and operations for B-P, a position he held for about a year before being named superintendent.
During his tenure as superintendent, Tomlinson has led the district through the statewide implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) and the Common Core Learning Standards. Despite a tough economic climate and millions of dollars in state funding lost to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), under Tomlinson’s leadership, the Broadalbin-Perth school district has maintained and continues to build programs without exceeding the state’s tax levy “cap.”
Among the areas Tomlinson takes the most pride in is the expansion of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs across all grade levels at B-P. The eighth-grade STEM program was one of three to receive the Be the Change for Kids Innovation Award from the New York State School Boards Association in 2013, which Tomlinson says is a credit to the work of his hard-working leadership team and creative staff. STEM offerings have continued to grow at B-P, including the continued expansion of a competitive robotics program that began in 2014, three straight trips by B-P teams to the Team America Rocketry Challenge national fly-off, and a third-place finish at the 2016 national KidWind competition in New Orleans.
Tomlinson points to an emphasis on communication and transparency as the keys to the district’s ability to build trust in the community during his tenure.
Outside of work, Tomlinson served as director of the Broadalbin Youth Commission for more than eight years, and he continues to serve on the commission’s board. He also has been a member of the Nathan Littauer Hospital Board of Directors since 2014.
Tomlinson’s wife, Beth, a 1993 B-P graduate, is a teacher at B-P Elementary School. Their daughter, Haley, attends Broadalbin-Perth Jr./Sr. High School. As a family, the three enjoy traveling and competing in triathlons.
Tomlinson, who competed in the 2014 and 2016 Lake Placid Ironman competitions, is a member of the Sacandaga Tri Club and enjoys giving back to the community by encouraging youth and adults to embrace a healthy lifestyle by participating in multi-sport events.