GLENS FALLS — A Saratoga Springs elementary school principal has been named as the next principal of Glens Falls Middle School.
The Glens Falls Board of Education on Monday voted to appoint Kristy Moore to the position. Moore was given a four-year contract at a starting salary of $110,000.
Moore comes to the district after more than six years as principal of Geyser Road Elementary School. She also has served as an assistant principal at both Dorothy Nolan Elementary School and Queensbury Middle School. She began her career as a fourth-grade teacher in Queensbury.
A total of 70 people applied for the position, according to the district.
Superintendent Paul Jenkins said Moore’s experience and community connections made her perfect for the middle school.
“Her knowledge of student development and her understanding of how to build supportive relationships with students will greatly benefit the children and families of Glens Falls,” Jenkins said in an email.
Moore received a master’s degree from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Moore said in an email that she feels “energized” in getting this new position. She is a native of Glens Falls and a graduate of Glens Falls High School. She said she has wanted to work in the district for a long time and her children’s positive experiences in the district strengthened that resolve.
She wants to focus on community collaborations.
“I enjoy a challenge and tend to bring a positive and optimistic outlook to any situation. I am not afraid to take risks or propose that we look at problems from a new angle. I love the unpredictably of the job of a school principal,” she said. “Finally, I see myself as a champion for the underdog and will do whatever it takes to see that every child has what they need to be successful in school.”
Moore will replace Chris Reed, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 19 years in the position.
She said she wants to build on the strong foundation that Reed has left to create a positive learning environment where all students feel connected and supported.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said they are investigating a message posted to social media Tuesday night about a threat made to Hudson Falls Middle School.
The sheriff’s office shared a screenshot of the message which read: “i heard that there is going to be another shooting at hudson falls middle school repost on all social media to try and notify police and this is not a joke” (sic)
The sheriff’s office included a message with the posting assuring the public they are aware of the social media posting and are investigating the “unsubstantiated rumors.”
The sheriff’s office vowed to have significant law enforcement at the middle school on Wednesday located on Notre Dame Street in Kingsbury.
“We take any and all threats to school safety seriously and will work diligently to find the original source of this posting,” the sheriff’s office posted.
Hudson Falls Superintendent Linda J. Goewey posted a message on the school’s social media accounts Tuesday night confirming the rumor.
Goeway expressed complete cooperation with law enforcement with extra precautions being taken at the school on Wednesday.
“Keeping our students safe is our most important job. We are taking these reports very seriously and urge anyone with information to notify Washington County dispatch 518-747-4623,” Goeway wrote.
The threat coincides with mass walkouts planned at schools across the country on Wednesday.
QUEENSBURY — The SPCA of Upstate New York will respond Wednesday to the many complaints about its services.
The Town Board has scheduled a workshop for 4 p.m. Wednesday in the supervisor’s conference room. The meeting is open to the public, but there is only space for about a dozen spectators in the room. The SPCA discussion is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:20 p.m.
The larger town meeting room, which is used for regular board meetings, was already reserved by the Queensbury Senior Center for that time, so it can’t be used, board member Tony Metivier said.
Residents packed the larger room over this topic last week, and some of them specifically requested that the board meet again in that room to accommodate everyone who might want to attend.
At issue is whether to hire SPCA of Upstate New York or to renew a contract with Warren County SPCA. Both agencies submitted proposals in response to a request from the town.
SPCA of Upstate New York proposed a limited contract for $60,000. Warren County SPCA, which has a larger portfolio of services, proposed $165,000.
Supervisor John Strough wanted to pay for a small suite of services — just loose dog control, rabies vaccinations and dog licensing, which are all that is required of the town. Warren County SPCA does far more, but offered to negotiate and provide fewer services. The board instead decided in a workshop meeting to move forward with SPCA of Upstate New York.
But at the meeting at which the board was going to vote on the contract, more than 40 people turned out to urge the board to reconsider.
Residents of Glens Falls, which already contracts with Upstate, described calls that went unanswered for days.
Even representatives from the Sheriff’s Office came to tell the Town Board that Warren County SPCA was the better choice.
Officials from Upstate declined to respond to the complaints at the meeting. The board decided to set up a workshop instead, giving Upstate’s officials time to collect information and plan out a response. Board members also said they did not want Upstate officials to be heckled by an unfriendly audience.
The board is not expected to vote at the workshop, and there is no privilege of the floor or other time at which the public can speak. The agenda describes the meeting as an “informational and discussion meeting” with SPCA of Upstate New York.
Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, Regular Meeting, Ausable Inn, Keene Valley, 10 a.m.
Argyle Town Board, Audit/Regular Meeting, Municipal Building, 6:30/7 p.m.
Corinth Village Board, Budget Workshop Meeting, Village Hall, 6 p.m.
Fort Edward Town Planning Board, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 7 p.m.
Fort Edward Village Board, Budget Workshop, Village Hall, 4 p.m.
Glens Falls Board of Public Safety, Regular Meeting, City Hall, 4 p.m.
Hampton Planning Board, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 7 p.m.
Milton Planning Board, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 7 p.m.
Salem Town Board, Regular Meeting, Town Office, 7 p.m.
South Glens Falls Village Planning Board, Regular Meeting, Village Municipal Complex, 7 p.m.
Thurman Town Board, Audit/Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 6:30 p.m./immediately following.
Town of Hadley Cemetery Committee, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 4 p.m.
Warren-Washington Counties IDA Board, Executive Park Committee, Regular Meeting, FitzGerald Morris Baker Firth, PC, 9 a.m.
Warrensburg Town Board, Regular Meeting, Town Hall, 7 p.m.
Washington County Board, Audit Committee, County Building B, 9 a.m.
Washington County Board, Adhoc Trails Committee, County Building B, 10:30 a.m.
Washington County Board, Personnel Committee, County Building B, 1 p.m.
Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Regular Meeting, SUNY Adirondack, 6:30 p.m.
GLENS FALLS — A homeless man was jailed Friday after he allegedly harassed a woman who has an order of protection against him, police said.
Dale P. Ireland, 55, was charged in connection with a March 7 incident on Elm Street, where people saw him accosting a woman and police were contacted, according to Glens Falls Police.
Police said the woman had an order of protection against Ireland, but he had left the area when police arrived.
He was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail. He has a prior felony conviction for a 2010 attempted robbery of a mattress store.
Glens Falls Police officers Zack Tanner and Zack Flewelling handled the case.
LAKE GEORGE — A Greene County man was charged with driving while intoxicated and other counts after he allegedly fled the scene of a crash in Lake George last week, according to State Police.
David P. McElroy, 56, of Coxsackie, was arrested after police responded to a 7:30 p.m. call about an accident on Route 9, according to the State Police public information website.
No injuries were reported and no other vehicles were listed as being involved. McElroy was arrested a half-hour later at a Route 9 motel and found to be intoxicated and driving without a license, the website showed.
He was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor DWI and ticketed for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and moving from a lane unsafely, records show.
McElroy was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail.
NORTH HUDSON — A downstate man was arrested last week after he was caught using a cellphone to videotape men in the bathroom of a Northway rest area, police said.
Azarias H. Perez-Soriano, 23, of Far Rockaway, was charged with five counts of unlawful surveillance, a felony, after an investigation by State Police into a March 4 complaint about a man recording people at the High Peaks Rest Area on the southbound side of the highway.
Police located Perez-Soriano and found that he had surreptitiously used a phone to record men in the bathroom.
He was arraigned and freed on $2,000 cash bail.
The charges are punishable by up to 4 years in state prison.
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