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Bolton Central School finds new principal

BOLTON LANDING Damian Switzer is about to enter his third BCS Eagles school district. Switzer, currently a vice principal for Queensbury, has been hired as the new principal for Bolton Central School. Current Principal James Donahue has decided to return to teach math after 10 years as principal, and the district searched for candidates. I taught at Beekmantown Central School, and their team is the Eagles, Switzer said. He also attended Bethlehem Central School, also with a team called the Eagles. Starting July 1, he will be principal at Bolton Central School, home of the Eagles. Bolton Superintendent Ray Ciccarelli said the district formed a screening committee to read and investigate applications received for the position. We had a pool of 33 applications accepted as valid, Ciccarelli said. The second committee reduced the pool of applicants to 18 and then 12 and finally down to nine, and a third committee had nine candidates to interview. That committee was comprised of faculty, non-instructional staff, parents, administration and leadership of the teachers association. After interviewing the nine candidates, they recognized four to move on for final interviews and the whole process led them to Switzer. Were very excited to have him, Ciccarelli said. He has a long record of successful teaching and we felt he would be successful here. Ciccarelli said the small size of the school district is a major factor in the choice of a new principal. We have a lot of personal attention to each child, he said. Clearly we must work closely with each teacher and each student and one of the key things we have here is the relationship that students have with administration and staff. Switzer said many things about Bolton appealed to him when he applied. Its a top notch school district, and Ive heard great things about the students and staff, Switzer said. Its a close knit community and Im looking forward to becoming a part of that and learning everyones name. Its a great fit and Im really looking forward to it. Ciccarelli said that the pool of candidates applying for the position was impressive. Roughly half were people who currently held a type of administration position in a public school district in New York, he said. This gave us the luxury to choose a candidate that fit our criteria.

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