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July 18, 2013

CCS fills new director/executive principal position

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Cooperstown Central School District has hired a director of student services/executive principal.

It is a position created in response to the state’s new annual professional performance review, according to Superintendent C.J. Hebert.

Lynn Strang began her duties in this role on July 15. Strang comes to Cooperstown with 12 years experience as a K-12 director of curriculum and instruction between the Hoosick Valley and Naples Central School districts. Strang also has several years of teaching experience in the Rochester City School District.

Her most recent professional accomplishments include developing response to intervention plans, implementing a modified block schedule and establishing a comprehensive system for student learning objective creation and review.

According to a media release, Strang is looking forward to moving to the area and playing an integral role in supporting college and career readiness for all Cooperstown graduates.

The director of student services position was established at the Dec.19, board meeting following the departure of high school guidance counselor Jay Baldo to the New Hartford Central School District. Baldo will not be replaced, and according to Hebert, the plan is to redistribute the student load among current staff.

According to the media release, the creation of the director of student services position directly supports the district’s academic goals and provides the sustained support for the Inquiry Team’s efforts to meet the tenets of the Race-to-the-Top educational initiative.

“We certainly intend to maximize the potential of this individual,” Hebert said in January after the position was approved. “We intend that this individual will work with grade-level and department chairs for implementation of the Common Core state standards and for bolstering our curriculum development K-12 as well.”

Some of the responsibilities, according to Hebert, are being responsible for electronic linkages between students and teachers that are required to be reported to the state and culminating growth scores for teachers and principals.

It is a full-time 12-month position. According to the job description, the primary responsibility of the director of student services will be to provide educational leadership and oversight in the development and improvement of the district’s curriculum, instructional and assessment programs. The director of student services will work in tandem with building principals and serves as the district’s chief information officer. The director will also act as a liaison to community cultural resources.