Longtime Chester Superintendent Sean Michel Announces Retirement
Board Appoints Denis Petrilak Next Superintendent
At their March 27, 2019 meeting the Chester Board of Education accepted the resignation for the purposes of retirement from Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Sean Michel effective August 30, 2019. Following the acceptance of Mr. Michel’s resignation, the Board of Education announced the appointment of Mr. Denis Petrilak as the Superintendent of Schools, effective August 31, 2019. The Board of Education would like to thank Mr. Michel for his nine years of dedicated service to the Chester School District and community. Under Mr. Michel’s leadership, Chester has been recognized for its 1to1 Chromebook initiative at Chester Academy, the robotics program at Chester Elementary and the district-wide STEM/project based learning initiative. Additionally, Chester maintains a high school graduation rate of greater than ninety percent, has increased college level course offerings, has completed a 3.7 million dollar building project on time and under budget and oversaw the successful integration of the Greenwood Lake students and community.
In his resignation letter Mr. Michel wrote, “It has been an honor to serve the Chester community and I would like to thank you, the Chester Board of Education, for giving me this opportunity. The last nine years have been the most rewarding of my thirty three plus years in public education. There is so much to be proud of in our quest to move Chester from a good school district to a great school district.”
” The appointment of Mr. Petrilak will allow for a smooth transition and continuity in the direction of the district”, said Mr. Sambets. Mr. Petrilak has been the Chester Academy Principal for the past five years. He came to Chester with extensive administrative experience as a middle school assistant principal and high school principal. He was the George F. Baker Principal in the Tuxedo Union Free School District for fourteen years and led the development of the George F. Baker STEM Academy.
Upon his appointment Mr. Petrilak said, “I am grateful for the confidence that the Board has shown in providing me with the opportunity to continue the positive momentum for the Chester School District established under Mr. Michel’s leadership. I look forward to continuing to work with our outstanding Board of Education and faculty and staff to maintain the highest standards of excellence for our schools and to ensure that our students are prepared for the challenges of the future.”