TICONDEROGA — Although some Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School students will say goodbye to Principal John W. Donohue when they leave this year, they’ll find him waiting for them as the new High School principal.
Donohue starts his new job July 1; the Ticonderoga School Board recently picked him as the new High School principal from a field of several candidates.
He has been the Elementary-Middle School principal since Bruce Tubbs retired in 2012.
The High School has had an interim principal since Michael Graney departed in January 2013 to become the new principal — now the new superintendent — at Bolton Central School.
A graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, Donohue was a head teacher and special-education instructor at Ticonderoga before becoming Elementary-Middle School principal.
“I am very excited for my move to the High School,” he said by email. “It was not an easy decision to leave the Elementary-Middle School. I have worked in this building for 12 years, and it has become part of my home and family.
“However, when the position came up this year, it was a great opportunity for me to work at the high-school level in a community that I love.”
Ticonderoga Superintendent John McDonald Jr. said the district will now seek a new Elementary-Middle School principal.
“We have already started the process of advertising for a new K-8 principal, and we hope to make an appointment in April.”
He feels Donohue is an excellent choice for the position at the High School.
“John has done an outstanding job as our K-8 principal over the past two years, and I fully support his desire to expand his educational leadership experience as the High School principal,” McDonald said by email.
“His knowledge of curriculum and the Common Core (standards) will be a great asset to take to this new position.”
He said Donohue’s experience at the Elementary-Middle School will be useful in his new post.
“His knowledge of and work experience in the Elementary and Middle schools will help bring a K-12 perspective to the High School. I am very proud of the work he has done, and I have every confidence he will continue to succeed.”
Donohue was given a three-year contract by the School Board and will start at a annual salary of $82,400.
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