Press-Republican

November 16, 2012

Graney heads for Bolton Landing

BY LOHR McKINSTRY
Press-Republican

---- — TICONDEROGA — Saying he wanted a new challenge, longtime Ticonderoga High School Principal Michael Graney has accepted a job at Bolton Central School.

The Bolton School Board voted this week to hire Graney as the new principal for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Graney will start at the Warren County school on Jan. 2, 2013, filling a post left vacant when Damian Switzer resigned in July to return to the Queensbury Union Free School District.

James Polunci will remain as the interim principal at Bolton until Graney arrives.

‘GOOD FIT’

Graney has been principal at Ticonderoga High School since 2002. A Ticonderoga resident, he is married with two sons.

“I am looking for new challenges,” Graney said by email. “Bolton is a good fit for me, personally and professionally. I know many of the staff, the students and parents. I’m looking forward to working with everyone there.”

Graney was the best choice from many who applied, Bolton School Superintendent Ray Ciccarelli Jr. said in a press release.

“While we had a pool of exceptional candidates, Mr. Graney had the most diverse educational experience and a strong desire to work in our school district. His experiences, coupled with outstanding references and positive comments from the Ticonderoga community, made our choice clear.”

The Bolton School Board set Graney’s salary, pro-rated from January to the end of the school year, at $95,525.

DIFFICULT DECISION

In 2011, Graney was a top contender for superintendent at Schroon Lake Central School, but Bonnie Finnerty of Oswego was hired instead.

Before being principal at Ticonderoga, Graney was a physical-education and driver-education teacher at Ticonderoga High School for eight years. Two years before that, he taught elementary math, science and physical education at Putnam Central School in Washington County.

Graney earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from SUNY Cobleskill, a bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in educational administration from SUNY Plattsburgh. He has an advanced degree in educational leadership from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Graney said he’s excited about becoming part of the Bolton Central School District.

“The decision to leave THS was difficult, due to how much I enjoy working with the students and staff. The interview experience was quite extensive, and it gave me a good understanding of what they’re looking for in their next principal, and it made me feel like this was a great fit both personally and professionally.”

REPLACEMENT

Ticonderoga Superintendent John McDonald Jr. said they’re meeting Tuesday to decide whether to advertise the vacancy now or hire an interim principal.

“Mike’s doing a great job here. We’re going to miss him. He’s been a positive leader. He’s raised expectations of kids.”

Graney created many new educational programs at Ticonderoga, McDonald said.

“It’s great for him and a sad day for us, but we wish him all the best.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com