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December 17, 2013

Former local teacher chosen as superintendent

NORTH WARREN — A former local teacher will soon be the new leader of North Warren Central School District.

The School Board plans to appoint Margaret “Peg” Brady as superintendent of schools pending completion of contract negotiations.

Brady is serving as the upstate supervisor for school improvement planning with the New York State Education Department.

In that position, she supervises the review of focus and priority schools and districts using a process that compares their practices to the optimal conditions of learning.

Before that job, Brady was the district coordinator for humanities K-12 for the Ballston Spa Central School District.

She was also the associate principal at Cohoes Middle School and music teacher at Lisha Kill Middle School, Moriah Central School, Queensbury Middle School and Ticonderoga Central School.

She holds permanent certifications as school district administrator, N-6 teacher and K-12 music teacher.

“I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the board, the teachers, students, parents and the community at large,” Brady said in a news release from the district.

She said she sees a fit between her leadership abilities and the needs in North Warren, particularly with regards to Common Core, expanding arts programming and increasing opportunities for students in college and career readiness.

“My desired setting is a rural setting,” Brady said. “I spent 19 years teaching in a rural setting and feel that’s where I can make a difference.”

North Warren began the hiring process in July, but a breakdown in contract negotiations with the selected candidate forced continuation of the search for a successor to retiring Superintendent Joseph Murphy, who agreed to remain until a replacement was named.

BOCES District Superintendent James Dexter presented the North Warren Board with prospects for their consideration.

“All of the candidates were strong,” North Warren Central School District Board President John Maday said in a statement. “It was a tough decision.

“Brady’s knowledge and involvement with Race to the Top at the highest level will be an advantage for the district, and I think she will work well with the faculty and staff for the benefit of the students.”

Brady received her bachelor of music education at SUNY Potsdam and her master’s in education and certificate of advanced studies in education leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh.

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