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Top Stories 2012: Gembka Named Pound Ridge Principal

The Bedford School Board named Timothy Gembka to the permanent post of Pound Ridge Elementary School principal in  April after an 18-month search.
The Bedford School Board named Timothy Gembka to the permanent post of Pound Ridge Elementary School principal in April after an 18-month search. Photo Credit: Bob Dumas

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Daily Voice is taking a look back at the town’s Top 10 stories of 2012 .

The Bedford Central School Board named Timothy Gembka to the permanent post of principal of the Pound Ridge Elementary School on April 11. http://poundridge.dailyvoice.com/schools/gembka-named-principal-pound-ridge-elementary

The search lasted for nearly a year and half as the board screened three applicant pools. The board had named Gembka as the interim principal to start the 2011-12 school year, and eventually gave him the job permanently, to succeed Peter Politi, who retired.

Schools Superintendent Jere Hochman said Gembka had already built relationships with students, parents and teachers during his temporary appointment and his designation as permanent principal would provide continuity.

“I’m enthusiastic about working with the Pound Ridge community and Bedford School District to provide a challenging, nurturing and fun experience for the students,” Gembka said at the time of his appointment.

Hochman said the district received hundreds of applicants for the job, but ultimately felt that Gembka was the right fit.

“As we implement a new and more rigorous mathematics curriculum, new programs in reading, continue emphasis on nurturing success in our special ed program, anti-bullying and character education, and a new ambitious teacher-evaluation plan,” Hochman said, “Mr. Gembka’s knowledge, skill and experience…will prove beneficial immediately.”

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