By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — CHAMPLAIN — Northeastern Clinton Central School has appointed a new district leader.
Lisa Grenville has accepted the superintendent position at a salary of $137,000 and is expected to start on or about July 1.
She is currently a special-education administrator at the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Education Services in Canton and previously served as an elementary and a high-school principal, as well as director of instruction and special education.
“Assuming the roles and responsibilities of superintendent is a very natural progress for me,” Grenville told the Press-Republican in an email.
One of her goals as district leader, she noted, will be to work with the board, administrators and staff and use data to create strategic plans that address areas of need within the school.
“I plan to meet with as many people as I can to hear their stories, ideas and concerns,” Grenville said.
Though it will be a challenge, she continued, it is also very important to her to learn all district students, staff, parents and community members by name.
“I will encourage people to introduce themselves to me when they see me at school functions and in the community, so I have a name for every face,” Grenville said.
She will succeed Peter Turner, who left NCCS in spring 2012 to accept a post at Carthage Central School.
He was temporarily replaced by Jerry Blair, who served as interim district leader until September 2013, when he stepped down, citing “unforeseen personal circumstances.”
Since then, A. Paul Scott has been filling in.
‘EXCITING NEW PLACE’
The School Board received more than a dozen applicants for the position, according to Northeastern Clinton School Board President Donna Boumil, nine of whom were selected for first-round interviews.
“We were very impressed with the pool of candidates we received,” she told the Press-Republican by email.
Grenville was one of three to return for a second-round interview with the board and a stakeholder group comprising parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and other members of the school community.
Following those interviews, Boumil noted, the board gathered feedback from the stakeholder group before unanimously selecting Grenville as the district’s next superintendent.
“She is a well-rounded person with great leadership qualities, motivation and enthusiasm,” the board president said. “Also, Mrs. Grenville is very community oriented.
“We feel she will be a great addition to Northeastern Clinton Central.”
MOVING FROM MALONE
Grenville currently lives in Malone with her husband, Steven, and their youngest daughter, Sigourney, who will graduate from Franklin Academy this year and plans to attend Albany College of Pharmacy.
“We are starting our search for a new home (in the NCCS District) this coming weekend,” Lisa said.
Her immediate family also comprises her oldest daughter, Cecilia, and fiancé Chad Covey; her 4-year-old grandson, Pal; three Bengal cats; and a Yorkie-poo.
In addition to spending time with her family, she said, “I love to read, exercise and play with my exotic cats.”
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Northeastern Clinton Central School Board is expected to vote on a three-year contract for the new school superintendent at a special meeting set for 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Middle-High School library. The meeting is open to all.