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New WCS discipline chief says youth have good social skills

WARRENSBURG Steve Nolan, a new administrator in charge of discipline at Warrensburg High, walked down the high school hallway Monday toward the school cafeteria, where he was soon to be on lunch-hour duty. Senior Jen Durkin stopped him in the hallway, welcomed him to his new position, and told him of a fender-bender that occurred on her way to school. Nolan chatted for a moment, then walked into the cafeteria. Scanning the students, Nolan said he was impressed by how students have taken the time to personally welcome him to the school. Dozens of students have stopped by his office this week, knocked on his door, introduced themselves, and wished him luck, he said, even a boy who Nolan told to change his shirt due to its inappropriate slogan. This school has been so welcoming its been a nice surprise. he said. The kids have made me feel comfortable and at home, which shows what good social skills they have. Nolan, 45, was hired the last week in August as the schools new Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, replacing Doug Duell, who advanced to his new position as Warrensburg Junior-Senior High School Principal. Nolan has already demonstrated his enthusiasm for his work, Duell said, observing that Nolan was on the job about 13 hours after the Warrensburg School appointed him Aug. 25. Steve really hit the ground running hes going to be a really good fit here at Warrensburg, Duell said. He comes to us with a great deal of experience as a teacher and an administrator, and were happy to have him on board. Nolan comes from Fort Edward Union Free School District, where he was Dean of Students since Sept. 2007. There he was in charge of student management, discipline and testing for levels kindergarten through 12th grade. Prior to Fort Edward, Nolan worked at the Greenville Central School District as the Athletic Director and physical education teacher for several years, following a stint at Beekmantown public schools Assistant Principal for grades 6 through 12. That position followed one for several years at South Glens Falls High School where Nolan had athletic, discipline and academic oversight while serving as Coordinator of Athletics, Health, Family & Consumer Sciences, Wellness & Character Education. Nolan lives with his wife and three children in Queensbury. Warrensburg Superintendent of Schools Tim Lawson said Monday he was impressed how Nolan had delved into his work so soon and with such enthusiasm. Were excited that a man with a lot of experience like Steve Nolan is willing to join our district, Lawson said. Nolan said Monday he was happy with the friendliness of the faculty and the cooperative work atmosphere. In the staff meetings Ive attended, there was a very positive, welcoming feeling, and everyone was encouraged to share their ideas, Nolan said.

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