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Bolton Central hires Ti principal to lead K-12 school

Michael Graney, former Ticonderoga principal, was recently named as K-12 principal of Bolton Central Schools.

Michael Graney, former Ticonderoga principal, was recently named as K-12 principal of Bolton Central Schools.

— Ticonderoga High School Principal Michael Graney was appointed recently to the position of K-12 principal at Bolton Central School.

Having lead Ticonderoga High for 11 years, Graney said this week he was looking forward to his new position in Bolton, and his move was a matter of seeking out new challenges.

“I know many people in Bolton and admire their (school) district,” he said. “It feels like a nice fit for me personally and professionally.”

Bolton’s Board of Education appointed Graney Nov. 14. He replaces former Bolton principal Damian Switzer, who resigned at the end of July to return to the Queensbury School District. James Polunci will remain as the interim principal at Bolton until Graney is on the job.

Prior to serving as Ticonderoga’s principal, Graney was a physical education instructor and driver education teacher at the high school for eight years. For two years prior, he taught elementary Math, Science and Physical Education at Putnam Central School.

Ticonderoga superintendent John McDonald said Graney will be missed.

“Mike has done a fantastic job as principal,” McDonald said, noting that Graney was instrumental in developing new programs, including Marine Technology courses and alternative high school. He also praised him for upholding high academic standards at Ticonderoga, which McDonald said contributed to the school’s top 2 percent ranking in a U.S. News & World Report study.

“I am very proud of his accomplishments and we will certainly miss him,” the superintendent said.

Bolton Superintendent Ray Ciccarelli Jr. said that Graney was chosen from a pool of highly qualified candidates because he had the most diverse educational experience and a strong desire to work at Bolton.

“Michael Graney’s K-through-12 experiences coupled with outstanding references and positive comments from the Ticonderoga community made our choice clear,” Ciccarelli said.

Graney said that in knowing many parents, staffers and students in Bolton, he was very fond of school and community.

“I feel the Bolton Central is a good fit for me both personally and professionally."

Graney earned a degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Cobleskill, a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from SUNY Plattsburgh. He also gained an advanced degree in Educational Leadership from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

A Ticonderoga resident, Graney is married with two sons.

He said this week he was looking forward to taking on his new responsibilities.

“I’m confident that Bolton is a great fit,” he said.

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