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 Study 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.
Daniel Casey, Elementary School Principal
Daniel Casey has been principal at Broadalbin-Perth Intermediate School since 2009. Prior to becoming principal at BPIS, Casey was an English teacher at Broadalbin-Perth High School for six years and served as the BPHS assistant principal for one year. As principal of the Intermediate School, Casey has implemented programs such as the popular pizza and reading nights known as Slice and a Story, the Amazing Math Race that gets students excited about solving math problems, and the Community Connections program to help better integrate the school into the community. He also has coached the boys modified soccer team and been the adviser for the ski club. Casey has led his team of teachers in implementing the Common Core State Standards Module and has been the lead administrator on the district’s APLUSS Advisory Committee (Academy of Peer Learning: United for Student Success), which is focused on professional development of B-P faculty. Casey attended high school at Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in English, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and his Certificate of Advanced Study from SUNY Plattsburgh. Casey lives with his wife, Jen, who is the band director at Knox Junior High School in Johnstown, and their two daughters, Anna and Erin. An outdoor and sports enthusiast, Casey is a triathlete and enjoys mountain biking and skiing. He also loves murder/mystery/suspense novels, his favorite being “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
Wayne Bell, Junior High School Principal
Wayne Bell has been the principal at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School since the spring of 2008. Before serving in his current position, Bell worked as the assistant principal at Broadalbin-Perth High School for two years. Prior to his administrative roles, he was a high school math teacher at Fonda-Fultonville for six years and in Herkimer for one year. During Bell’s tenure as the principal, the Middle School has implemented a successful STEM program, and technology and computer classes have evolved into a pre-engineering course. As a result of these efforts, the school has won the “Be The Change for Kids” award and the “GE Imagination at Work Wind Turbine Contest.” The school also implemented the project based learning program “Future Cities.” Bell graduated from Fonda-Fultonville High School. He earned an associate’s degree in construction technology from SUNY Delhi and a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics from SUNY Brockport. He received a master’s degree in school administration from SUNY Albany. Bell enjoys spending time with his daughter, Savannah, vacationing and riding his motorcycles.
Mark Brooks, Senior High School Principal
Mark Brooks has been principal at Broadalbin-Perth High School since July 2015. Before coming to B-P, Brooks was assistant principal at Guilderland High School for five years. During his tenure, Brooks created a credit recovery program and a student recognition award program while coordinating the school’s master schedule, Regents and AP testing, and the ninth-grade transition program, and overseeing the school-wide grade reporting process. As Guilderland’s summer school principal, Brooks created a more efficient and cost-effective schedule that cut the summer school budget nearly in half. Prior to joining Guilderland’s administrative team, Brooks was dean of students at Oneida Middle School in the Schenectady City School District. In addition to working with students on behavior management, Brooks organized school and community events and oversaw student attendance at Oneida and five feeder elementary schools. Brooks was a social studies teacher for six years, first at Highland Central School District and then at Schenectady High School. A native of Poughkeepsie, Brooks earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as his administrative certificate, all at the College of St. Rose.