Greece 7th grader gets 'a day in the life tour' as superintendent on first day of school

Raven Brown
Updated: September 14, 2020 05:45 PM
Created: September 14, 2020 12:41 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monday was the first day back at school for kids in the Greece Central School District, and one student has his eyes on the superintendent's job.

"I feel like being the superintendent will give me the opportunity to create change in the community," Silas Alvarez, a 7th grader at Odyssey Academy, said.


Alvarez hopes to be the future superintendent of the Greece Central School District.

"As a student of a different background that would be a great way to show your community that you care," he said.

As the first day got underway, current Superintendent Kathleen Graupman said she wanted to give Alvarez a tour so he can take over one day.

"When I heard that he wanted to be superintendent of Greece, I was a little bit surprised, but not really because he's a bright, compassionate and smart kid who has high aspirations and is going to do more than one thing," Graupman said.

After being shut down in March because of COVID-19, Graupman said her role has changed in a lot of ways.

"We have 17 schools here in Greece, so it's important to me that I get around and just check in with each of the principals and the schools to make sure kids got in safely, that our transportation is running well and that if there was any outstanding questions or things that people need that we can check in and see," Graupman said.

One of Alvarez's dreams came true. He got to welcome students back as they arrived, met some of his old teachers and learned what it takes to run a district of nearly 11,000 students.

He said he hopes to be the new representation and face of the future of education at Greece schools.

"A different person from a different race is actually a very good representation because then families won't feel like only one culture or one background is being represented in the community," Alvarez said.

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