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May 10, 2013

Lake Placid hires two principals

High School, Middle School have new leaders for 2013-14

LAKE PLACID — A fresh slate of administrators is coming into Lake Placid School District.

Two new principals have been hired to start in July.

At the recent School Board meeting, Dana Wood of Saranac Lake was hired to fill the High School principal’s job.

Wood is currently dean of students at Petrova Middle School in Saranac Lake.

And Theresa Lindsay of Lake Placid was hired as principal of the Middle School.

Lindsay, 50, is currently principal at Bloomingdale Elementary in the Saranac Lake Central School District and was previously a reading specialist at Westport Central School.

The principal’s job at Bloomingdale was one of the cuts made in the proposed Saranac Lake 2013-14 budget.

Wood was hired by Lake Placid at an annual salary of $80,000 and Lindsay at $82,000 per year, according to the district clerk.

Approval of the hires was unanimous.

‘EXCITING’ NEW JOB

In an interview Thursday, Lindsay said that though it was going to be sad leaving Saranac Lake School District, she is looking forward to starting anew.

“I’ve learned a lot from the team that is here. It’s unfortunate, due to budget cuts, that my position was eliminated. But a new door has opened up for me. It will be a new team, and it is exciting.”

Lindsay has worked with Wood, the Saranac Lake Middle School dean of students, so their collaboration is already somewhat familiar.

“He has been our guru here on policies related to bullying. It’s going to be a seamless transition working together for he and I,” Lindsay said.

She has lived in Lake Placid for 15 years and sees the new slate of administrative leadership as a fresh start.

“It’s an opportunity to go in with a fresh look and to really focus on what the district is doing well. It’s exciting, it really is.”

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