2017-04-19 / Front Page

New principal to join MCS staff in July

Laura Norris hired by board
By Joan Lawrence-Bauer

Laura Norris will become the principal at Margaretville Central School on July 1, replacing Colin Clark who left the post nearly a year ago, according to Superintendent Robert Chakar. Chakar told the News on Monday that the board of education approved the Norris appointment at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 12.

Norris, who currently serves as the principal of Groton High School, has also worked as a dean of academic affairs/athletic director and as an assistant principal, in addition to spending 18 years as a music teacher.

Exciting time

“We’re excited about the opportunities ahead,” said Chakar. “It was a really long search process,” he added, “involving faculty, students, board members, and others in the school community. We’re happy to have someone with such a wide variety of professional experiences coming here.”

Reached by phone on Monday,

Norris told the News she too is excited and though she must still complete her tenure in Groton, she expects to be in the area several times between now and July 1 so she can hit the ground running when she gets here. Norris said that among the exciting opportunities is the chance to work in a school district that is both very rural and very diverse.

“I’ve worked in small rural schools and I’ve worked in urban schools with great diversity,” said Norris. “The intriguing thing about Margaretville is that is has both the rural setting and the amazing diversity.”

The fact that Margaretville is a “Focus” school being watched closely by the state for mandated improvement was part of the attraction for Norris. “There are always challenges,” she said, “and the state makes it complicated to get off that focus list. But I believe that with judicious and persistent efforts in choosing your goals and pursuing them, success if possible.” Norris also spoke to the importance of being sure that all stakeholders, including staff, students, and the community are involved in the process and are on the same page about what goals to pursue.

Saying she looks forward to helping individuals and groups build on their strengths, Norris indicated she’s excited about getting started and will be moving to the district as soon as she’s able.

Currently closed for spring vacation, Margaretville will host its spring instrumental concert on April 27 and its annual musical May 5. The school budget hearing is scheduled for May 8 with a vote on the budget and board members May 16.

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