Tomasik. Image courtesy of ICSD

ITHACA, N.Y. — A local elementary school principal was named the new head of Ithaca’s Boynton Middle School at a meeting of the Ithaca City School District Tuesday night.

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Jeff Tomasik, principal of Northeast Elementary in Ithaca, told the board that he was grateful for the opportunity to lead Boynton Middle School going forward.

“I’m just really, really excited about this opportunity. I thank you all for putting the trust you’ve shown with your vote in me,” Tomasik said. “I’m going to work my butt off to keep it being the great school it’s been.”

Matt Landahl, of ICSD, said that the previous Boynton principal, Joe Dhara, resigned recently to take a position at a different school district. A news release said Tomasik had been Northeast’s principal since 2003, was associate principal at the Dewitt Middle School and is a graduate of Rutgers and the University of Virginia.

Tomasik. Image courtesy of ICSD

Landahl added that Tomasik’s efforts had been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and drew laughs when noting that Tomasik is sometimes seen with a tutu at Ithaca Festival as a way to encourage students to get involved.

“We know this is a sudden shift in a way, but we’re excited that someone with Jeff’s skill set will be taking on this new challenge,” Landahl said.

“Jeff has been remarkable in his commitment to (Northeast), and has has really helped create a remarkable culture where people support each other and care for each other.”

A new search will start for a principal for Northeast Elementary School, Landahl said.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.