Two Finger Lakes principals retire

By Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier    |    07.27.2012
Category: Back to School


David Paddock, principal at St. Michael School in Penn Yan, and Gerald Macaluso, principal at DeSales High School in Geneva, have retired after three years at their respective schools.

Paddock has been an educator for 38 years, 35 of which were spent in public schools. He retired in 2008 from a 13-year stint as principal at Fairport High School, but soon came out of retirement to lead St. Michael.

"I've enjoyed it immensely," he said of his time at the Penn Yan school. "It's kind of been like the icing on the cake for my career in education."

Although he enjoyed his time at St. Michael, he thought it was time to hand over the reins to someone else. He and his wife plan to do a lot of traveling, but Paddock is still keeping his hands in the education field by mentoring and counseling fledgling principals through the University of Rochester's school-administration graduate program.

Like Paddock, Macaluso also said he has enjoyed his three-year stint in the Finger Lakes region. He knew when he took the principal position at DeSales in 2009 that it most likely would be a temporary position.

"I just said I want to be at DeSales but (after) three years I think I probably will retire from the position," he recalled.

Macaluso said he would be willing to take on interim positions in other schools or districts if the opportunities present themselves. For now, though, Macaluso is planning to enjoy his retirement.

"It will be the first time in 39 years I haven't had anything planned," he said.

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