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Boy Scouts honor Lyndonville school superintendent

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 June 2018 at 11:43 am

Provided photos: Jason Smith, superintendent for Lyndonville Central School, was honored as a distinguished citizen on Thursday by the Iroquois Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The event was held at Batavia Downs.

BATAVIA – The Iroquois Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its 43rd annual Boypower Dinner on Thursday and honored distinguished from five counties that are part of the council.

Jason Smith, the superintendent of schools for Lyndonville, was picked as the distinguished citizen for Orleans County. Smith actually lives in Batavia, Genesee County, with his wife Lori and their three children.

He is heavily involved in Orleans County. Smith started his career as a social studies teacher in Albion for six years. After a year as a dean of students at Albion, he worked as an assistant principal for three years. Then he was hired to work in Elba as a principal from 2004 to 2011. in December 2011, he started as Lyndonville’s school superintendent.

He was praised by the Boy Scouts for his leadership in character education and substance abuse education at Lyndonville. He has also forged strong partnerships between the school and its booster organizations, the Lion’s Club, GCC and the Yates Community Library, which have resulted in expanded opportunities for students.

The school has partnered with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and others to offer substance abuse prevention programs.

Smith has a strong rapport with the student body. He has regular lunch meetings with class officers and played in the pit orchestra for the recent school musical.

“He is highly motivated to provide every opportunity for the school to have a positive impact on students and the community by responding to the current educational needs, safety concerns, and having a high-quality staff,” according to the Iroquois Trail Council.

Smith also is active in community organizations, including the Lion’s Club, Lyndonville Area Foundation, Orleans United Way and GCASA. He plays the trombone in Mark Time Marchers Fireman’s Band and the Batavia Concert Band, and runs in many local 5K races.

Smith also is a eucharistic minister and faith formation teacher at Resurrection Parish in Batavia.

The local Boy Scouts honored the following on Thursday, from left: Wyoming County Distinguished Citizen Hans Kunze, Livingston County Distinguished Citizen Matt Gaynor, Orleans County Distinguished Citizen Jason Smith, Genesee County Distinguished Citizen Jay Gsell, and Niagara County Distinguished Citizens Rosemary and Jim Sansone.

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