Chris Platania is School District's New Business Administrator

Chris Platania, Mahopac School District’s new business administrator Credits: Bob Dumas

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— There is a new face in the Mahopac School District business office these days.

Chris Platania, 30, was named to the position of business administrator at the start of the 2016-17 school year. The post was created in the wake of the restructuring of the district administration offices over the summer.

Ron Clamser, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, saw the additional duties of human resources director added to his responsibilities, so more help was needed in the business office.

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“[Platania’s] primary function since my transition to HR and the elimination of the HR position is to provide additional relief to help manage the day-to-day operation [of the business office],” Clamser said. “I needed someone to oversee purchasing and payroll. He’s doing a fantastic job.”

Platania is a 2004 graduate of Carmel High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY New Paltz. He worked for the Mahopac School district—his first official job—for six years as a purchasing agent in the business office. He left Mahopac to go to Hyde Park School District.

“When we did the restructuring, he reapplied,” Clamser said. “It was a big plus for us to get him back because he knows the history of the district and he was mentored by me.”

Platania is currently enrolled in the school district business leader program at Pace University.

“I’ve taken state certification and now it’s a matter of getting a masters degree, which I will get in both public administration and educational leadership,” he said. “I was an accountant when I started with Mahopac in 2010. It was pretty much my first real job. When the purchasing agent retired I assumed those duties as well. I went to Hyde Park as district treasurer and then Ron reached out after the restructuring and brought me back.”

Platania, who lives in Wingdale with his wife and 3-year-old daughter, said he was excited to return to Mahopac.

“I loved working here the first time around,” he said. “We have a great staff and it’s a great school district and it’s exciting to come back in a bit of a different role.”

As business administrator, Platania will be involved with more aspects of the district— food service, transportation, buildings, and grounds. And he oversees the business office.

“I knew we had a great staff so I didn’t expect any issues and there hasn’t been,” he said,

While he lives in Wingdale in Dutchess County, he said he and his wife might start looking to move a little closer to Mahopac. He’s been married for seven years.

“I married my high school sweetheart,” he said. “We started dating in ninth grade. We’ve been together about 16 years.”

He’s looking forward to the challenges of the new job.

“For me, it’s one day at a time,” he said. “Down the road, I hope to be more involved in some of these projects [such as the capital improvement initiative] from the ground up. I am very excited about this new opportunity.”

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