Meet the new administrators

PTSA plans meet and greet for the new team on Aug. 28


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  • The new team, from left: Rolando Aguilar, Denis Petrilak and Crystal Paul (Photo provided)



— With the opening of school just a few weeks away, the new administrative team at Chester Academy say they are eager to welcome students and staff to a new school year.

Meet the new administrators

What: PTSA-hosted meet and greet for Chester Academy's new administrative team
When: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28
Where: Chester Academy auditorium, 64 Hambletonian Avenue
Web: chesterufsd.org
Phone: 469-2231

The community is invited to meet the new team at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Chester Academy auditorium, 64 Hambletonian Avenue. The PTSA is hosting the event. Refreshments will be served.

Denis Petrilak and Rolando Aguilar are the new principal and assistant principal, respectively, of Chester Academy. In addition, Aguilar has taken over the role of athletic director.

Both administrators bring many years of classroom and administrative experience with them to their new positions. Also joining the team is Crystal Paul, who will be serving as an administrative intern this school year.

Denis Petrilak is entering his 29th year in public education. He started his career as an English teacher in New York City and has worked as a dean of students, middle school assistant principal, assistant high school principal, and high school principal. Most recently he served as principal of George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo for the past 13 years and was responsible for many accomplishments in Tuxedo, including the creation of a STEM Academy.

Rolando Aguilar comes to Chester from the Monroe Woodbury School District, where he served as dean of students at the middle and high schools and as an assistant principal at the middle school. Aguilar began his career in 1995 as a physical education teacher in a parochial school in Westchester County and also worked as a teacher and assistant principal in the Highland Falls School District.

Crystal Paul worked as an English teacher in Albany for three years and Syracuse for seven years before recently returning to the area to pursue her administrative certification. Paul will be completing her administrative training this school year and looks forward to working on the administrative team.

All three administrators are residents of Orange County. They say they were attracted to Chester because of its longstanding reputation for quality educational programs and recent improvements to its programs, including the expansion of college-level courses and its Google Chrome Book initiative, which will be expanding this year to provide all students in grades 8-12 with Chrome Books.

“Chester has embraced the future and is providing its students with opportunities to take learning to new levels," Petrilak said. "There are many good things happening in Chester and we are excited to be a part of them!”

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