Board of Education appoints new GF leaders in several positions

New leaders for Glens Falls High School have been put in place to start July 1st, after the Board of Education made several appointments at the May 23, 2022 special meeting. 

Kevin Warren will become the next principal of Glens Falls High School. Mr. Warren is currently principal of Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Jr/Sr. High School, having previously served as principal at HFM BOCES in the Agriculture PTECH program, and at Mohonasen High School in Schenectady. His Master’s in Educational Administration is from the University at Scranton, and he holds a BS in special education from the College of Saint Rose.

Bill Levett will become an assistant principal at Glens Falls High School, joining assistant principal Liz Collins. Mr. Levett is currently assistant principal at Hudson Falls High School. He holds an M.S. in Sport Management, and a B.S. in physical education, both from Ithaca College. He follows Chip Corlew, who is retiring in June.

Shane Jones will become athletic director at Glens Falls High School, having been appointed by the Board on May 9th. Mr. Jones is currently the director of physical education, health, athletics, and extracurriculars at the Greater Johnstown School District. His Master’s in Athletic Administration is from Ohio University, and he holds a B.S. in physical education from SUNY Cortland.

At the Middle School, current interim assistant principal Ryan Estey has been appointed to continue his service as a permanent assistant principal. Mr. Estey has served in the role since December, following the retirement of Laurie Parker. His Master’s in Special Education is from Sage Graduate School, and he holds a B.S. in physical education from Castleton University.

Current Jackson Heights principal Amanda Simmes has been appointed as the district’s coordinator for student learning and improvement, a new position focused on student learning and growth after interrupted instruction and learning loss. In her previous service as instructional coach, Mrs. Simmes lead monthly data discussions with grade-level teams to identify learner-centered problems and build a shared understanding of content among K-8 teachers—making her uniquely qualified to address students’ post-pandemic academic challenges. This position was created using federal funds for COVID recovery.

The district’s current pandemic response coordinator Carrie Mauro will resume as Jackson Heights principal, starting May 31st. Ms. Mauro was integral in her special role as a streamlined liaison between administrators, the Departments of Health, employees, and families this year. She helped solve operational challenges linked to the phase-in of student activities, academic intervention/enrichment, and other initiatives as schools and classrooms rebounded to new-normal protocols.

Previously this spring, the Board appointed current High School principal Tammy Silvernell as the district’s next assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She will follow Trent Clay, who is retiring at the end of June. She will join incoming superintendent Krislynn Dengler, who follows the retiring Paul Jenkins.