June 8, 2013

Stafford Middle School principal chosen

PLATTSBURGH — Jamie LaBarge will soon leave Plattsburgh High School to take over as principal of Stafford Middle School. 

At Thursday night’s meeting, the School Board voted unanimously in favor of appointing the PHS assistant principal as successor to Patty Amo, who has led the Middle School for the past nine years and will retire July 2.

“We have a lot of faith and confidence that the Middle School and the rest of our district is going to be in a very good place with him anchoring that for us,” City School Superintendent James “Jake” Short told the Press-Republican after the meeting. 

LaBarge received a three-year probationary appointment, effective July 1, at a base salary of $93,495 for 2013-14. 

“I look forward to creating positive relationships with the students and the staff that will foster a rich atmosphere of learning and enrichment,” he said after the session. 

LaBarge and Ted Binion, a special-education teacher at Spotsylvania Middle School in Virginia and former principal of Willink Middle School in Webster, emerged as finalists for the position out of a pool of 10 applicants, who were reviewed and interviewed by the district’s search committee. 

The two men then introduced themselves and presented their visions for Stafford Middle School at a recent public forum, where Short invited audience members to submit written feedback.

Following the forum, the School Board conducted final interviews of the candidates. 


Short said he, along with search committee members, the board and the constituents who were a part of the review process, felt LaBarge was the best person for the job due to “his long-term educational background as a teacher (and) his proven track record at Plattsburgh High School”

In addition, he noted LaBarge is “a trustworthy and loyal leader,” and “he will add a very good element to Stafford Middle School and a good, transparent leadership going forward.”

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