Dilts will be Lothrop’s interim leader
By Josh O’Gorman
STAFF WRITER | February 27,2013
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
John Dilts is the new interim principal at Lothrop Elementary School in Pittsford.
PITTSFORD — Lothrop Elementary School’s new interim principal will be a familiar face to many members of the community.
John Dilts will lead the school’s approximately 250 pupils through the end of the school year. The 62-year-old Brandon resident retired in 2009 as principal of Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon, and before that, was the principal at Rutland Intermediate School.
“I left the profession relatively early and I’ve always thought I might like to come back on a limited, as-needed basis,” Dilts said Tuesday as he finished his second day at his new post.
In January, Lothrop principal Gregory West resigned for medical reasons after six years on the job. John Castle, superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, filled in until Dilts took the job.
Dilts will fill in while the Pittsford School Board searches for a permanent principal to start July 1 at a salary ranging from $82,000 to $86,000. Dilts said he had no interest in taking on the job on a permanent basis.
“I’m doing this only as an interim and Lothrop needs someone who will stay on for a while,” he said. “During the summer I’m going to travel and go back to being retired.”
Dilts doesn’t appear to equate retirement with inactivity. Since retiring from Neshobe, he has worked with student teachers from Castleton State College and was a steward at the Brandon Museum.
Dilts said returning to working with elementary-age pupils has been different from working with student teachers or museum visitors.
“What’s challenging is gearing up for the energy you find in an elementary school,” he said.
“I’ve always known the Pittsford community,” he added. “It’s a wonderful staff, great students and a great community at large. I’m here at a very lucky time as we prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school.”