June 22, 2013

BCSD hires High School principal


---- — BEEKMANTOWN — Beekmantown High School will soon be under new leadership.

At a recent meeting, the Beekmantown School Board unanimously approved the three-year probationary appointment of Olga “Nelly” Collazo as High School principal.

She will replace Diane Fox, who will leave the post this month to become superintendent of Saranac Lake Central School.


Collazo, who is currently an assistant principal at Watertown High School in Jefferson County, will join Beekmantown Central on July 1 at a salary of $87,500 for the 2013-14 school year.

“I am sincerely looking forward to all the aspects of this new position,” she told the Press-Republican in an email. “I am particularly excited to meet my new staff and students.

“I am also looking forward to constructing relationships within the community.”


Before accepting the post at Watertown High School, Collazo was a foreign-language teacher at the Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services Alternative Center of Exceptional Students.

She also taught kindergarten through grade six Academic Intervention Services, kindergarten through grade six English as a second language and high-school Spanish in the Thousand Island Central School District.


Beekmantown Central Superintendent Scott Amo told the Press-Republican that a panel of about 15 district representatives interviewed seven candidates for High School principal before selecting Collazo.

“She presented herself extremely well through the interview process as a person who has great passion for students.

“She was the unquestionable favorite,” Amo said.

He also noted that Collazo comes highly recommended by Watertown Central Superintendent Terry Fralick.

When describing her, Amo said, Fralick “used words like ‘poise,’ ‘sensitivity’ (and) ‘caring.’

“And she has a great sense of humor,” Amo added.


Upon taking over at Beekmantown High School, Collazo said, she plans to become an essential part of the school community, “while facilitating and leading many innovations in the future.

“I plan to motivate, inspire and propel each and every member of our school family into places of continual excellence.”

The new principal, along with her 18-year-old daughter, Abigail, and 8-year-old son, Nathan, is in the process of relocating from the Watertown area to Plattsburgh, where they will reunite with her husband, Edwin Collazo, who has already made the move.

“We are delighted to be calling Beekmantown and the Plattsburgh area our new home,” she said. “The Champlain Valley region has much to offer.

“We can experience nature and its beauty while still being able to enjoy the amenities of small-city life.”

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