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Lancaster CSD Welcomes new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Lancaster CSD Welcomes new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Lancaster Central School District is excited to welcome Dina Allen to the administrative team in the reinstated position of assistant superintendent of human resources. The foundation of Lancaster Central School District’s list of accomplishments is the people who make it all possible. In this position, Allen will ensure the district continues to recruit and retain the people who contribute to their students’ success from their first day of school to graduation and beyond.

Dina Allen“From a large pool of impressive candidates, Dina was unanimous choice and has the full support and trust from all constituency groups represented on the hiring committees. I reached out to a trusted colleague in the Southern Tier who confirmed that Dina is top notch in every area of HR. It is with great pleasure that I introduce her to the Lancaster Community as the new assistant superintendent of human resources,” Dr. Michael Vallely, superintendent, said.

Allen comes to the district after working in education and labor/employment law at Hodgson Russ and then serving as the attorney and senior labor relations specialist for Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES’ 22 component school districts. She attended college at Princeton and law school at the University of Buffalo.

“I hope my expertise in human resources and labor relations, along with my legal background, will fill a need in the district,” Allen said. “We have an amazing administrative team here at Lancaster, all of whom approach human resources from a different perspective. I think my skill set and expertise will complement their viewpoints as we work for the continued improvement of the district moving forward.”

In addition to her expertise, Allen has an enthusiasm for helping children succeed.  Her passion was ignited many years ago when she started coaching youth hockey and continued when she began officiating ice hockey while in law school. That journey led her to officiating at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. She continues to be involved in the sport, coaching her eldest son’s ice hockey team, the Wheatfield Blades.

“I have always had a desire to help kids, that is why I started coaching. I think that is also why I had a natural gravitation to work with schools from a legal perspective. It’s the perfect pairing of my passion with my skill set,” she explained.

Allen started in her role at the beginning of August and is excited to join the Lancaster administrative team.

“I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about Lancaster Central Schools, the people who work here and its community.  When I heard of the open position, I knew it would be an amazing team to join. I’ve seen the great things they are doing for students and what they’re achieving, whether it’s in the academies, the arts, athletics, etc. and I am excited to be a part of it,” Allen said.

The Lancaster School District employs approximately 970 professional and classified staff members. The faculty, staff and administration work together to provide a nurturing and supportive environment to maximize teaching and learning opportunities.