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New Lake Placid school superintendent lists goals for district

June 20, 2013

LAKE PLACID - New Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Roger Catania talked about his goals for the district at his first board meeting Tuesday, June 4.

In his first report to the school board, Catania focused on the administrative changes the district is undergoing, beginning with him taking over for former Superintendent Randy Richards, whose contract with the district was not renewed, on Tuesday, May 28.

Catania said he has a few immediate goals: to support the schools as they finish the current school year, to have discussions with various stakeholders in the school community to hear peoples' ideas for the district, to work with the board to plan a summer orientation and establish goals for future, to begin to build an administrative team as each of the new school principals starts working for the district, and to start the process of long-range planning.

Catania said he's excited to bring on two new principals starting July 1 and he is in the process of organizing ways to introduce them to faculty and staff. The district hired in May the Saranac Lake Middle School Dean of Students Dana Wood as high school principal and Bloomingdale Elementary School Principal Theresa Lindsay as middle school principal.

Catania also gave an update on the search for an elementary school principal. The board accepted in May the resignation of current Principal Javier Perez, who is stepping down to become principal of AuSable Valley High School.

A committee of four people reviewed about 60 applications for the position and chose eight candidates. One backed out, and seven people were interviewed two weeks ago by two committees of 13 stakeholders of staff, administration, school board and parents.

School officials invited back four candidates for round two, which will be next week.

"That's going to include even a larger number of participants," Catania said.

Four separate committees will meet with the four candidates.

"Following that we will be able to come up with hopefully a final selection and make a recommendation to the board and then follow that with appointment," Catania said.

School board President Mary Dietrich said the goal it to have the new principal ready to begin on July 1 when the other principals start.

She said all four of the candidates entering the next round of interviews are strong choices, and Catania agreed, saying there's excellent potential there.

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