ST. REGIS FALLS — The district’s Board of Education plans to appoint Anne Young to its open position of superintendent of schools, at a special meeting on July 26.
“I look forward to getting to know everyone and building relationships and trust,” Young said. “On a smaller scale, you’re able to really individualize and differentiate the educational experience for all the students.”
Young, alongside Potsdam resident Reginald McDonald, were the two finalists for the position. McDonald, who is Director of Pupil Personnel Services at the Malone Central School District, withdrew his application on Monday, school officials said Wednesday in a press release.
The St. Regis Falls board is negotiating a contract with Young, who currently lives in Gloversville. She outlasted nine applicants for the job.
“Looking at opportunities to pursue (a) superintendency, I was drawn to St. Regis Falls...because of the warm support of an involved community,” Young said. “It was very apparent that this was the kind of school district where there was a lot of community support and a lot of tender, loving care to the students. And it was infectious.”
Young recently earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Russell Sage College, in Troy.
She was previously the Director of Curriculum/Instruction for Middleburgh Central School District — and worked six years as a program coordinator and support specialist in North Carolina. Young said it was there, where she was able to work with many different learners.
“Working in a larger school district (in North Carolina) you’re able to really get a firsthand look at a systemic approach to education — there were a lot of opportunities to grow both personally and professionally,” Young said.
Young also has six years of experience as an elementary school principal, which she picked up in New York.
“There’s a lot of great things already happening in the (St. Regis Falls) district,” Young said. “Having a broad range of experiences … I think I will be able to come in and build upon what’s already happening and take the district forward, (while) always striving to have continuous improvement.”
Young has a bachelor’s and master’s degree, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study from Saint Rose College. She holds state certifications as a School District Administrator, Administrator/Supervisor and Business Administrator, and in Reading and Elementary Education.
“Ms. Young joins our team at St. Regis Falls Central Schools at a critical time for education,” School Board President Matt Goodrow said in a prepared statement. “The board believes that her broad range of skills and experience will help build on our district’s successes and drive us toward continuous improvement.”