Paul Morcone appointed as next principal of Big Cross

Big Cross Elementary Principal Paul Morcone
Paul Morcone has been appointed principal of Big Cross Elementary

Big Cross Street Elementary School will be under the guidance of new leadership on the first day of school this fall.

The Glens Falls City Schools Board of Education has appointed Paul Morcone, currently an elementary principal in Granville, to be the next principal of Big Cross.

Mr. Morcone follows current Big Cross Principal Debbie Hall, who is retiring after 29 years of service to GFSD as a principal, Chief Information Officer, teacher, job coach, and director of the 21st Century Learning grant.

“It is an honor to become part of Glens Falls Nation,” said Mr. Morcone. “It’s exciting to be able to partner with the families, faculty, staff, and community of Big Cross Elementary. I look forward to collaborating with various stakeholders to ensure that safety, academics, and student needs are met and carried out with intentionality and focus. My family and I are embracing this opportunity and excited for this journey.”

Mr. Morcone comes to Glens Falls having spent the previous five years as principal at Mary J. Tanner Elementary in the Granville Central School District. He’s also served as the Pre-K -12 assistant principal in Stillwater, and taught for 13 years at the elementary level in the Shenendehowa and Hoosic Valley school systems.

Mr. Morcone says one of his first priorities will be to work with Big Cross faculty members to make an impact in their instructional programs. He believes leadership takes patience, planning, collaboration, and interpersonal skills to maintain a structured, yet nurturing environment for students.

During his tenure at Mary J. Tanner Elementary, Mr. Morcone has led research-based implementations for ELA and math programs in the school, and hopes to do the same for the Big Cross community.

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