July 7, 2013

Fox begins as Saranac Lake superintendent

SARANAC LAKE — Diane Fox is now at the helm as Saranac Lake superintendent of schools.

It is her first post as top administrator, but the former high school principal is thrilled to be moving in.

She told the Press-Republican that she and her husband, Greg Claus, bought a house here and have just relocated from Clinton County.

“I have talked to my neighbors and promised them I do not belong in an episode of ‘Hoarders,’” Fox quipped in a recent interview.

“We’re here, enjoying ice cream at Mountain Mist.”


Fox left a position as principal of Beekmantown High School to lead Saranac Lake’s district. She said the move blends a love for the village and surrounding area with a new career challenge.

She and Claus traveled often to Saranac Lake from their previous home in Saranac, often taking the long way around to enjoy the mountain views.

Claus is a grade 12 economics and government teacher at Saranac Central School and will continue there, commuting back and forth. They have one daughter, Jamie, who is 22 and a college graduate.

“We used to find any excuse we could find to go to the Blue Line Diner or eat at Eat ‘n Meet Grill — we have always enjoyed Saranac Lake,” Fox said.

“When this particular position came open, I can tell you, this was the only one I applied for. We were looking for the whole picture, and Saranac Lake really offers that. It’s just beautiful here. People have been so welcoming.”


Fox said plans to spend the summer getting to know the newly shuffled staff at district schools.

Day one was the move. “Day number two is really an opportunity to meet all the people who are here and get to know them and their strengths,” Fox said. “My hope is to take all that and utilize it to do the best we can for the students.

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