NORTH CANTON North Canton City Schools has experienced many changes during the past few years. The 2016-17 school year has brought about even more, including several top administration changes.
In addition to hiring new superintendent Jeff Wendorf, the district also has new persons in the roles of assistant superintendent, high school principal and athletic director.
Wendorf said the district will benefit from having the new people on board as well as having an experienced staff to help meet the needs of the students.
"We’re thrilled to have this team put together here at North Canton City Schools," said Wendorf. "The combination of staff with previous experience and those new to the district is something that will help us clarify and reach our strategic objectives. Overall, we are very excited about the future of the district and look forward to moving ahead with a fantastic staff."
Dave Paliti is the district’s assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. His focus will be to ensure all of the teachers and educators in the district are provided with needed support through professional development, programming and resources to help students reach their potential.
Paliti has bachelor’s degree in math education from Bowling Green State and a master’s in education administration from Ashland University. He also has a superintendent’s certification and licensure and a principal’s certification and licensure.
He believes that his experience in education has prepared him for his role at North Canton City Schools.
"I’m happy to have the opportunity to work with this district and be a part of a common vision and for the chance to get back to being closer to students and teachers," Pilati said. "It’s a tremendous opportunity to work with Jeff Wendorf. The district is a phenomenal district and I’m excited to make an impact on student learning."
He has 25 years’ worth of experience serving as an educator in Stark County. He’s served as a math teacher in both the Minerva and Plain local districts.
He was also an academy principal at GlenOak High School, assistant principal at GlenOak Career Center and served as curriculum director, the district’s mathematic coordinator and director of secondary education at Plain Local. Last year, Paliti was a curriculum consultant with the Stark County Educational Service Center.
Pilati and his wife Diane live in the Plain Local School District and have two children. Their daughter Siena is 12 years old and their son Alec is 11. They also have two dogs, Sam and Oreo.
In his spare time, Pilati likes to watch his favorite sports teams, the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, and finds time to root for the Buckeyes and Cavaliers. He also likes to golf, ride bike and coach youth sports with his kids and travel with all of the family.
His dad is 91 and lives in Minerva. Pilati is the youngest of five boys. He knew in high school that he wanted to go into education.
"I just knew in the 9th or 10th grade that I loved math and wanted to teach it. My greatest strengths for my new role comes from the wide variety of experience I’ve had in education," Pilati said. "My main focus will be to support the teachers with needed tools and resources so they can do their job and be the best they can be."
Tim Walker started the school year as the new athletic director. Walker’s experience spans a variety of coaching and directorship positions. He’s served as assistant athletic director and interim athletic director as well as head basketball coach and was an assistant professor of physical education for Trinity Christian College.
He’s been the head basketball coach for Malone University as well as having administered 11 varsity sports, managed the department’s budget and had responsibility for the athletic field maintenance. Most recently, Walker worked as a field clinical representative for Boston Scientific education physicians and clinicians on specific devices and testing devices during cardiac procedures.
"I plan to spend the first year at North Canton Local Schools asking a lot of questions and learning about the history of sports at the district," Walker said. "There are a lot of great traditions here at district. I’ll be looking for areas improve as we can. One area that will be enhanced this year is the new athletic department’s website. We’re going to make it easier for parents and students to find results and schedules."
Walker has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Cedarville University and a master’s in sports science in coaching from the U.S. Sports Academy in Alabama.
Walker and his wife Alison have four children, Emily, Grant, TJ and Callan. He likes to golf in his spare time and spend time with his family.
Eric Bornstine has been getting to know the students and teachers at Hoover High School as the new principal.
Before coming to North Canton City Schools, Bornstine served as high school principal at Northwest for seven years and as associate principal at Wooster High School for six years. He began his career in education as a math teacher at Kenmore High School.
He’s earned both his bachelor’s in secondary education math and chemistry and master’s degree from the University of Akron.
"My mission is to maintain and build on the traditions of excellence and to provide the support needed to ensure that students receive the best learning opportunities and experiences we can offer," Bornstine said.
He and his wife Kendra live in Norton with their three children, Mercea, Cambry and Crew. Bornstine believes his analytical and mathematical way of thinking will be helpful.
"I’m student centered and like to make decisions that will be helpful to all kids. I’m also process oriented and look forward to reviewing the high school processes to see what I can do to help improve any areas to make our decision making even better," Bornstine said.
Bornstine said he is a great sports fan and The Ohio State Buckeyes are his favorite football team. He’s an avid reader and likes to read anything professional related or mysteries for entertainment reading.
"There are so many wonderful things going on the district and at the high school," Bornstine said. "I’m so appreciative for the warm welcome everyone in the district and the community has given me. It’s an amazing place to be. The district offers great opportunities for students and I look forward to expanding those opportunities."