December 19, 2013

Lake Placid School superintendent hired

LAKE PLACID — Dr. Roger P. Catania, who has been serving as acting superintendent for Lake Placid Central School District, has been officially hired with a three-year contract.

Though he has been leading the district full time since May, the School Board just made the move permanent at its meeting Tuesday night.

Catania, a former guidance counselor at the district, had returned to serve as interim superintendent at about this time last year. He was named acting superintendent when former Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards left in May.

The contract approved this week sets a start date for Catania’s three-year term on July 1, 2014, providing a salary of $120,000 per year.


“I’m really looking forward to continuing our work,” the superintendent told the Press-Republican on Wednesday.

“We have a lot of very good people here and a very committed School Board. We are all headed in the same direction, building on the successes we’ve had.”


Catania came in with a new administrative team, as the district replaced all three principals for this school year.

“We certainly have a tremendous amount of talent here,” he said.

“Helping to put all that together, in the best interest of the kids, is a really good cause to be working toward. I’m excited about it.”

Catania had worked as a guidance counselor in Lake Placid schools from 1997 until 2009, before leaving to earn a doctoral degree in the foundations of education from the University of Virginia.

He began his career in education teaching social studies in Oregon and New York City.


In a news release announcing the contract, School Board President Mary Dietrich said Dr. Catania has already established a positive atmosphere and a sense of optimism in the district.

“The board believes his educational background and experience are an excellent fit for the district’s needs and looks forward to his continued leadership,” she said.

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