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Warrensburg picks new school leader, John Goralski

2013-06-12T12:49:00Z Warrensburg picks new school leader, John GoralskiOMAR RICARDO AQUIJE - oaquije@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star

WARRENSBURG -- The school board has chosen a superintendent with years of local experience in education.

On Monday, the board announced it offered the position to John Goralski, who is the current Stillwater Elementary School principal.

The two sides are negotiating a contract, but the board expects to hire him at its June 24 meeting, said board President Laura Danna.

“The board was impressed with Mr. Goralski’s educational leadership skills, his entrance plan presentation, his connection with the community and his integrity,” Danna said. “We are looking forward to welcoming Mr. Goralski to the Warrensburg Central School District in the near future.”

Goralski is expected to begin the job Nov. 30. He will take over for Timothy Lawson, who will retire following a decade as superintendent.

Goralski was selected over another finalist, Kevin Froats, the principal of Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Saratoga Springs.

Last week, the two men had to present an entry plan to the Warrensburg community and district. Once the presentations were done, the board held interviews with each finalist.

Goralski, 52, said he’s thrilled about the new job, and looks forward to joining the Warrensburg community.

“The school district has a very strong academic program,” Goralski said. “They have excellent administrators, teachers. The support staff is very dedicated to the school. The whole community seems to be very dedicated and proud of their school.”

Goralski, in describing his entry plan, said it’s important for the district to work with the community in maintaining its rigorous academic programs because public education is rapidly changing.

He said he wants the entire community involved in the budget process.

“It’s also important for the superintendent to be highly visible in the community and at communicating with the community about what’s going on in the school,” Goralski said.

Goralski has been Stillwater’s elementary principal for six years. Before that, he was a special education administrator at the William H. Barton Intermediate School in Queensbury.

He has taught fourth grade at Abraham Wing School in Glens Falls and third grade at Queensbury Elementary School.

Before his education career, he worked for 15 years as a contractor in residential construction, as a developer and then for the town of Queensbury’s planning department.

He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in teaching, both from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Goralski is married and has two daughters in college.

The board is offering an annual salary of $115,000 to $135,000, but the terms of his contract are still being negotiated.

Once he’s hired, he will work with the board on making the transition into the new role, Danna said.

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