At its 60th annual conference, the state Association of Educational Office Professionals named Bert Lictus, Clymer resident and Panama Central School superintendent, as its 2012 Administrator of the Year.
Prior to receiving the state award, Lictus was chosen as the Chautauqua County Association of Educational Office Professionals' Administrator of the Year for the 2011-12 school year.
A lifelong Western New York resident, Lictus began his teaching career in 1993 as a special education teacher at General McLane High School in Edinboro, Pa. Lictus then became a teacher at Corry Area Middle/High School in Corry until 2001. At that time, he was appointed first to the position of director of student services, then middle and high school principal, followed by kindergarten through 12th grade principal, at Panama Central School. He was named the superintendent for the Panama Central School District effective July 1, 2010.
Bert Lictus receives the Administrator of the Year award from Wendy Heslink, New York State Association of Educational Office Professionals immediate past president.
"Great administrators have the ability to inspire staff to push themselves to greatness, finding time and support to do so," said Rose VanVolkenburg, secretary to the superintendent, in her nomination packet. "Mr. Lictus is one of these great administrators. His focus is changing students' lives with the power of education. He feels all children deserve well-prepared teachers, as well-prepared teachers know what and how to teach. He has a genuine commitment to the district through his continuing efforts to improve our school. He is very approachable and I think that's a big part of why he is so successful."
Wendy Heslink, association immediate past president, presented Lictus with his award at the association's awards banquet at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center.
"We are all proud of Mr. Lictus. His work ethic, his personality, his pride in his school and work, his insight and his professionalism are evident if you even spend a few minutes talking with him. He represents Chautauqua County school administrators very well," Ms. Heslink said.
Lictus lives in Clymer with his wife, Kristi, and daughter, Lindsey.