Lake Placid Central School District has hired two administrators.

Javier Perez was appointed to fill the Elementary School principal's job, left vacated as Richard Retrosi retires at the end of this school year.

And Dan Mayberry will step in as assistant principal, serving grades kindergarten through grade 12.

Mayberry worked as an administrative intern in the Lake Placid School District for the current school year.

Both positions were included in the school budget approved by voters in May.

Perez was hired at $85,000 per year and Mayberry at $62,000 per year, according to school Business Administrator Leonard Sauers.

School Superintendent Dr. Randy Richards announced the appointments at Thursday's School Board meeting.


Mayberry is a Lake Placid native who lives in the village with his wife, Ashleah, and two children, according to a news release.

His educational background includes permanent teaching certification in biology grades seven through 12 and general science grades seven through nine. The new assistant principal holds a Master of Science in education, curriculum and instruction, along with certificates of advanced study and educational leadership from Plattsburgh State.

Mayberry served on several district committees in recent years, including curriculum; School Improvement; technology; and leadership. His professional development includes training as a coach for the Positive Behavior Intervention Framework, Response-To-Intervention, Alternatives to Suspension and Curriculum Mapping.

School Superintendent Dr. Richards said it was necessary to fill the assistant principal's job, given new teacher evaluation mandates from the state.

The job encompasses fulfilling the new "and potentially time-consuming requirements" for the new teacher evaluation system.

And the assistant principal serves all grade levels, not just Middle/High School grades, as in prior years.

"It is a pleasure to see Mr. Mayberry, a native of Lake Placid, progress to an administrative position from within our teaching ranks," Richards said in the statement.

"And the community should be very proud of him. Dan will bring excellent people and analytic skills to the position. He knows our faculty, staff, community and, most importantly, our students."


The new Lake Placid Elementary School principal was appointed at the June 21 board meeting after a search whittled 25 candidates down to six.

Perez begins the job July 6, according to a news release.

He resides in AuSable Forks with his wife and three children.

Perez holds a Bachelor of Science in Spanish from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kans., along with a Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas.

He also received a Master of Science Education, Curriculum and Instruction as well a Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership from Plattsburgh State.

In addition to his background in education, Perez is a licensed clinical social worker and a master social worker. He holds New York certification as school-district leader; school-building leader; and professional public school teacher for Spanish in grades seven through 12.

Richards said Perez was selected from among two finalists in a hiring process that included stakeholder teams from the school community, staff and administration.

The decision, Richards said in a press statement, was unanimous.

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