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.