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New Warrensburg Central Superintendent of Schools John Goralski talks about his initial impressions of the local public school system — and his objectives for its future — in an interview Dec. 9.

New Warrensburg Central Superintendent of Schools John Goralski talks about his initial impressions of the local public school system — and his objectives for its future — in an interview Dec. 9. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Immersed in his new job for one week and a day, new Warrensburg Central School Superintendent John Goralski talked Friday about his initial impressions of the school system, the local communities and the challenges that exist ahead.

Goralski started in his position as of Dec. 1, following the retirement of Tim Lawson, who had served as Warrensburg Central’s superintendent for a decade.

Goralski said that he recently attended a WCS Junior Honor Society induction ceremony, and was impressed not only with the students and parents he encountered, but with the quality of the high school jazz ensemble’s performance.

“They were just phenomenal,” he said, noting that they were equal in ability to any similar group in the region, despite the school having a limited enrollment.

This group, he said illustrated the level of competence and high standards upheld by the WCS school district.

“There are a lot of great things happening in this school system, whether it’s academics, the music program, or the drama club,” he said. “Warrensburg’s schools have so much potential and so much to offer — and people are very proud of the community here.”

Goralski said he spent months observing the school system and conducting research into Warrensburg before taking on the job.

He said he learned that Warrensburg Central’s academic standards are high, the staff is dedicated and the teachers inspire students to perform well and either continue their studies at well-respected colleges, or delve into rewarding careers.

“For a school with a small student body, a lot of students end up going to very prestigious colleges, and that’s very impressive,” he said.

Also, the school and its community are adept at dealing with adversity, he continued.

Goralski said he’s heard the school leaders, staff, the community and the school district taxpayers remained dedicated to education during the recent recession, and they continued providing and supporting a top-quality program.

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