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September 16, 2013

New principal fulfills goal with new position

SARANAC — Saranac Middle School will soon be under new leadership.

On Monday, Sept. 23, Katie McNeil will take over as principal, replacing Jeffrey Durant, who recently accepted a job as principal of Morristown Central School District in St. Lawrence County.

Since 2009, McNeil has served as the assistant principal to Northeastern Clinton Middle and High schools in Champlain, where she was responsible for managing student behaviors, coordinating curriculum, establishing a mentoring program and acting as the district’s safety and Dignity for All Students Act coordinator.

The Northern Adirondack High School graduate also taught special education at NAC for five years.

“Taking on my first principal position is exciting because this has been a professional goal of mine,” she told the Press-Republican in an email. 

“The face of education has changed significantly in the last year, and when one decides to take on this role, you must be fully committed, accountable and passionate to every decision you make.

“I have had excellent training with my former team, so I feel prepared.”


McNeil’s probationary contract with Saranac Central runs through Sept. 22, 2016, and calls for an annual salary of $82,000.

In addition to a master’s degree in literacy education, she holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in education leadership from SUNY Plattsburgh.

McNeil is also certified in grades seven through 12 English.

“Katie McNeil brings a wealth of administrative experience to Saranac Middle School,” said SCSD Superintendent Ken Cringle in a release. 

“Her vibrant, outgoing and positive demeanor will assist her well during the transition period.

“I am very confident that she will promote the success of every student by fostering a school culture that is conducive to student learning and professional growth,” he continued. 

“I anticipate that she will immediately build upon and sustain healthy relationships with faculty, staff, students and families at the Middle School. I look forward to working with Ms. McNeil as we prepare our students for future careers.”

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