July 25, 2013

PHS hires new assistant principal


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh High School will kick off the upcoming school year with a new assistant principal.

On Aug. 5, David Baroody, a business-education-and-marketing teacher and girls varsity basketball coach at Peru Central School, will take over for Jamie LaBarge, who stepped down from the post earlier this month to become principal of Stafford Middle School.

The Plattsburgh City School Board approved Baroody’s three-year probationary appointment and salary of $70,000 at a recent meeting.

“He brings with him a nice range of high-school teaching experience and athletics that we see will fit really well into the assistant-principal position at PHS,” City School Superintendent James “Jake” Short told the Press-Republican after the meeting.

In addition to the duties of assistant principal, Baroody will assume Trevor Cameron’s job of overseeing the district’s athletic program, which is based at PHS.


Meanwhile, Cameron, who is also the assistant principal of Stafford Middle School, will take on LaBarge’s responsibilities as administrator of nurses, Title I and IIA grant coordinator and school-safety-plan writer, allowing LaBarge to focus on his new role within the district.

A PHS graduate, Baroody told the Press-Republican in an email he is honored to be returning to his alma mater for the first administrative position of his career.

“I am very pleased to be moving into administration and feel that this position is a great opportunity.

“I am hoping to continue to promote student learning and a strong educational culture at Plattsburgh High School,” he said, noting that he also intends to help build on the school’s “highly successful athletic program.”


Before joining the faculty at Peru Central in 2011, Baroody taught business education and marketing and coached varsity basketball at South Glens Falls Central School in Saratoga County for five years.

He has also advised numerous student club activities, served as a College for Every Student liaison and had experience tending to some administrative duties throughout his career.

Baroody earned a certificate of advanced study in education administration and bachelor’s degree in business management from SUNY Plattsburgh and a master’s in business and marketing education from SUNY Oswego.

Having served locally as a varsity coach, Short said, Baroody already knows area officials and members of the sports community, making him a perfect fit for the district’s athletic program.

“We think he’ll relate very well with kids,” the superintendent added.

Baroody said he intends to work closely and collaborate with the school’s faculty, staff, coaches and students in order to balance his duties as assistant principal and athletic administrator.

“By building positive relationships, we can work together to achieve student goals both academically and in the Athletic Department,” he said.

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