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August 28, 2013

New LPCS leaders host meet-and-greet

WILMINGTON — Lake Placid’s four new administrators are circling through schools and town centers, meeting with students and parents.

This year, all three principal’s offices have new faces, with long-time former Lake Placid guidance counselor Dr. Roger Catania returning as interim superintendent.

Catania put a group of parents and their children at ease quickly at the gathering here on Monday.

“I’m the veteran, with three months on the job,” he quipped.

The other administrators started working together on July 1.

‘GOOD TO BE HERE’

Lake Placid High School Principal Dana Wood, Middle School Principal Theresa Lindsay and Elementary School Principal Brian Latella spent more than an hour and a half discussing the upcoming school year.

Latella said he had been commuting early in the summer but has since found a house in Lake Placid with his wife, Melissa, and their two sons.

“It feels good to be here, full time, with the whole family,” he said with a big smile.

At the High School, Principal Dana Wood is bringing 16 years as a high-school teacher and several more as former dean of students in the Saranac Lake Central School District.

And Theresa Lindsay had taught kindergarten for five years and literacy in Westport for five years before serving as principal of Bloomingdale Elementary school.

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

Catania said he was glad to return to Lake Placid after attaining his doctorate at the University of Virginia. He spent the past year teaching at Alfred University in the program for teachers.

“Part of the enjoyment of it all, is working with these three,” he said, pointing to the new leadership team.

Parents launched a few questions, one asking if the school has hired a new fourth-grade teacher yet.

“We held interviews, and a candidate is being presented to the School Board on Sept. 3 for approval,” Latella replied.

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