Susan Allen, the superintendent of the East Irondequoit Central School District, announced that she will retire, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Allen has been with the district since 2005. During that time, the district has undergone changes, including emerging as a regional leader in terms of digital education. EICSD has been recognized by national organizations, including the League of Innovative Schools, and has been at the forefront of developing new ways to teach and to learn in part to implementing a 1-to-1 initiative, which provides every student with an iPad or laptop.
Academically, the district is one of a handful in the nation with every building authorized as International Baccalaureate World Schools. It also has implemented the Advancement Via Individual Determination program at the middle school and Eastridge High School. AVID classes at the high school have a college acceptance rate of 100 percent over the last two years, and the middle school has been designated as an AVID demonstration school.
In addition, the district has undergone physical improvements through a series of capital improvement projects. Allen also led the way in establishing the district’s own transportation department, reducing costs and providing a source of revenue.
Prior to coming to East Irondequoit, Allen served in administrative roles in suburban school districts including five years as assistant superintendent for instruction in Hilton from 2000 to 2005 and in the same position at Palmyra-Macedon from 1995 to 2000. She served as a middle school principal in Clarence and in Palmyra-Macedon and as an assistant principal at the Albion Middle School. She began her career in education as a reading teacher with the Bloomfield Central School District.
“When I came to East Irondequoit, I could never have imagined the transformation this district would undergo. Even with all the changes, one thing has remained the same, the incredible dedication and commitment shown by everyone here to make sure each and every student is provided with the best opportunity to succeed,” said Allen. “There is so much that I will miss being a part of, but am confident that the future holds great things for our schools and our students.”