CANTON _ Hugh C. Williams High School Principal Mark T. Passamonte is moving to Long Island to fulfill his life-long ambition to become a high school athletic director.
Mr. Passamonte has accepted a position with the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District in Shoreham, N.Y. as Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. He last day at Canton Central School is Dec. 20.
Ive always wanted to be a full-time athletic director, he stated. Its been my ultimate goal.
The Mount Morris, N.Y. native is no stranger to the north country. A 1990 SUNY Cortland graduate, he was a physical education teacher at Morristown Central School from 1996 to 2001, joining the Canton Central physical education faculty in September 2001. He served as dean of students from 2005 to 2008 when he was appointed high school principal. He coached junior varsity baseball for five years and junior varsity soccer for seven years.
He earned his Master of Education degree in Educational Administration at St. Lawrence University, Canton.
Its been great here, said Mr. Passamonte, 45. Its bittersweet but Im excited about the new challenges and new opportunities.
He compared the size of the Shoreham-Wading River School to Massena Central School and described the area as a close knit generation after generation community.
Mr. Passamonte will be overseeing a full field of athletic programs at Shoreham-Wading River, minus ice hockey. Im going to miss that, he said.
As he prepares to leave Canton and his Jay Street residence, Mr. Passamonte reflected on his time in Canton.
Canton Central has a great staff and great students that makes us a strong education institution. We have a staff who really cares for their students, he said.
This community values education and having the two universities here helps.
We will be back to visit. We will ultimately miss Canton ... our original start home.
He and his wife Sally have two daughters, Chloe, a 9th grader, and Maggie, a 7th grader.