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Auburn BOE 6-11-2019

Jeremy Moore, center, was appointed as the principal of Owasco Elementary School at an Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday and will start June 18.

AUBURN — Owasco Elementary School will soon have a new principal.

The Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education approved Jeremy Moore on Tuesday night for the position in a probationary appointment through June 17, 2023 at an annual salary of $91,700 prorated. 

Former principal Abigail Adams-Snell left earlier this year to become the district's director of instructional support and data, with former district principal Mickie Cuevas-Post filling in as an interim principal. 

Moore is set to start June 18. He said after the meeting that his background includes teaching chemistry at Shaker High School in Latham for several years and recently served as the interim principal at Trumansburg Elementary.

Moore said his philosophy is "setting high expectations for academic and social behavior and working together to achieve" those results. He said he believes elementary education is what he's meant to do.  

"I really feel like my philosophy and my energy, my focus, really aligns well with not only with the district, with the school, as well," Moore said. "I love the energy and the passion of elementary teachers and elementary families and students."

Auburn Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said during the meeting that Moore had gone through interviews with district administrators, teachers, community members and the board.  

"We're happy to have you, Jeremy. It looks like you've got a skill set that really can help us move forward. Your philosophy, your love for children  matches what our district is all about," Pirozzolo said.

In other news:

The current Auburn school board president and vice president said they want to retain their positions for the next school year.

Pirozzolo asked which board members were interested in leadership positions. President Kathleen Rhodes and vice president Joe Sheppard both said they want to continue serving in their current roles. No other board members present expressed interest. Eli Hernandez and Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson were not at the meeting. 

"I have a lot of work that I'd like to see finished," Rhodes said. 

Before Rhodes was voted into the president position last year, she had served as vice president for five years. She was a longtime district employee before joining the board in 2012. Sheppard first joined the board in 2017 and became vice president last year.

Rhodes and Sheppard said if re-elected, they'd like to follow through on the board's vision and goals which includes "better community outreach," Sheppard said, and "giving our students a quality education and making sure that we are providing that for them," Rhodes said.

The leadership for the next school year will be decided at a re-organization meeting at 10 a.m. July 1.

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Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or kelly.rocheleau@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.

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