LAKE GEORGE Lake George has a new school superintendent, and she cant wait for school to start.
Mary Cahill was chosen from a field of over 30 candidates last spring, in a process that involved not only the school administrators, but the students, parents and community at large.
It was a great process, Cahill said. They narrowed the field down to 11 and we all met with different groups, and then we were narrowed down to three.
Those three spent a full day speaking with different stakeholders, and each presented their entry plan.
Thats an overview of what I think is important in the transition, Cahill said. She said the process on that final day involved a lot of interaction.
The afternoon was different, Cahill said. They wanted us to ask questions too.
Cahill was chosen as the new superintendent after that process. She started in July and has spent much of her time meeting with teachers and department heads.
Im trying to learn the history of each department, what there concerns and challenges are, she said.
Cahill said she has found everyone she has spoken to shares one thing.
They are all committed to the students, she said. I havent seen anything like this before.
Cahill comes from Binghamton, where she was the assistant superintendent for instruction. She worked on curriculum instruction and accountability as well as finding federal and state grants for the school district. She said she wasnt necessarily looking for a school superintendent position, but when she heard about the opening in Lake George, it piqued her interest.
Each time I came here, I knew it was the right fit, she said. I think they were looking for someone with my curricula and instructional background, and for someone to continue and improve the schools with the same leadership. She said she plans to be a highly visible superintendent, with lots of interaction with staff and students.
As for Lake George, she wasnt familiar with the area until she applied for the job.
Its a big change for me after spending my whole life in Binghamton, Cahill said. But now that Im here, this is the place I want to live for the rest of my life.