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Greece Central Names New Buckman Heights Principal

The Greece Central School District is pleased to announce the appointment of James Reaves as the new principal of Buckman Heights Elementary School.

Mr. Reaves is no stranger to the Greece Central community. A Greece resident and the father of children who attend Greece schools, he has served as an assistant principal at Longridge Elementary School for the past two years. Before that, Mr. Reaves worked as a school counselor and an assistant principal in the Rochester City School District. He also played professional basketball for 10 years in Germany, Finland, Venezuela, Mexico, and the USA minor leagues.

Greece Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement and Family and Community Engagement Valerie Paine said a hiring committee comprised of teachers, support staff members, parents, students, and administrators helped to select Mr. Reaves as the Buckman Heights’ new principal. He was selected because of his vision, experience, and ability to connect with students, families, and colleagues.

“James has demonstrated his commitment to our district vision of equity and excellence,” Paine said. “He has developed strong relationships, cares deeply for people, and values collaboration."

As the new leader of Buckman Heights Mr. Reaves is looking forward to creating an open, safe space in which students and staff feel free to express different ideas, opinions and worldviews in an environment that respects all stakeholders. He plans to be a collaborative leader using the mantra of TEAM meaning, Together Everyone Achieves More as his goal is to establish a positive school community built on trust, respect, high expectations, accountability, support, equity and inclusion. 

“I am committed to caring for Buckman Heights’ children each day as if they were my own, while providing them a world-class learning environment that is safe, equitable, inclusive and accessible for all children,” Mr. Reaves said. “I am excited to build positive relationships with students, parents/guardians, staff, and community partners as a listening leader who provides honest and open communication in an effort to make the best decisions for students.”

Mr. Reaves began his new role on August 3.