Rumsey named to head Bath schools

Mary Perham
Joe Rumsey

A local school superintendent has been tapped for the same post at the Bath Central School District.

Joseph Rumsey, Prattsburgh Central School’s superintendent for the past five years, was named Thursday night by the Bath school board to fill the vacancy left by the departure last summer of former BCS Superintendent Patrick Kelley.

A Bath native and Haverling High School graduate, Rumsey said leaving Prattsburgh would be “bittersweet. But I’m home.”

Rumsey’s appointment was supported by the board, although one member, Kenneth E. Gilbert felt his starting salary of $135,000 was too high, given possible future staff layoffs and the financial straits of the district.

But board Pres. Joe Baroody said later Rumsey’s salary was reasonable and in keeping with starting superintendents’ salary ranges.

Leaving Prattsburgh will indeed be bittersweet for Rumsey, who began his career at that school 17 years ago as an elementary education teacher. He also served the Prattsburgh district as director of special education, athletic director, school principal and assistant superintendent.

His Bath roots will be invaluable in the new position, according to Baroody.

“Joe Rumsey is a product of this community,” Baroody said. “He’s a progressive thinker with a firm grip on our past, which is the right combination to move the district forward.” varsity soccer coach in Prattsburgh, Rumsey also is active in community and youth activities.

He may be best known in the area for raising a record $34,000 for area youth groups by participating in WVIN-FM radio’s Tyrtle Beach last year.

Rumsey told those attending the board meeting he looking forward to working with the school’s incredible staff and community, and plans on making the district a model for the state.

“It’s going to be a fun ride,” he said.

Rumsey is expected to take over by Jan. 17. The vacant position has been filled since September by Interim Superintendent Ted Binley.