New pupil personnel director

WARRENSBURG Shes used to a much larger school, but shes adjusting to her new job in Warrensburg. Carol Preston is the new director of pupil personnel services for the Warrensburg School District. She replaces William Jerry Grant, who retired after 19 years in February. Her job is generally in the area of special education, but she also oversees students who have special needs. Students who may not have any trouble learning, but may need an elevator key or some other need, Preston said. Im also in charge of monitoring homeless, gifted and academic intervention services. Preston comes to Lake George from the Shenendehowa School District in Clifton Park, which has over 9,600 students in 13 different school buildings, compared to just over 900 students in two buildings. I was one of three coordinators under the director at Shenendehowa, Preston said. I handled secondary students only. Here, Im in charge of preschool through 12th grade. Right now, Preston is in the middle of annual reviews for each student under her department and is still learning the specifics of her job. If I would make any changes, it wouldnt be until fall anyway, she said. After working for such a large school district, Preston can see advantages and disadvantages of both small and large districts. We had a wider variety of programs at Shenendehowa, she said. But here, there is a much stronger sense of community. Preston lives in Clifton Park with her husband who works at the Watervliet Arsenal. They have two children, one a senior at SUNY Oneonta and the other at Albany Law School.

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