November 22, 2012

LPCS principal search to continue


---- — LAKE PLACID —  The Lake Placid Central School Board’s initial effort to find a new Middle-High School principal was unsuccessful.

The School District advertised throughout New York state, and over the past four months, reviewed about 40 applicants, according to a press release.

A team of mixed stakeholders interviewed seven candidates, choosing one finalist for an interview. But that person withdrew from consideration.

“The district remains committed to hiring the best possible leader it can for the High School,” the release said.

New initiatives, among them “Race-To-The-Top and the formation of a district plan in response to its designation as a focus district, will demand a very skilled and effective leader.”

Next, the interview team will evaluate the first search process to see if changes should be made in a new effort to locate possible candidates for the job.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randy Richards has recommended to the School Board that the two interim principals at the Middle and High School remain in place with a new search launched in April 2013.

The goal would be to have a new principal in place at the end of June 2013. 

“The Lake Placid Central School Board of Education will need to decide on a leadership model for the Middle/High school to maintain the traditional principal and assistant principal positions for students in grades six through 12,” the release said, “or adopt the current leadership plan being used with the interim principals, which features one principal for the Middle School (grades six through eight) and another High School principal for students in grades nine through 12.”