Administrative changes at Cooperstown Central School District are now finalized, with two veteran educators joining the leadership team.
The Cooperstown Central School District Board of Education has selected a new principal to lead Cooperstown Jr./Sr. High School. Ms. Donna Lucy is taking over August 1 for Mr. Michael Cring, who left the district earlier this summer to serve as the athletic director at Arlington Central School District in the Hudson Valley.
Mr. James M. Brophy will fill the newly created position of K-12 Director of Comprehensive Student Programs and Athletics on an interim basis for the 2016-17 school year. Most recently, Ms. Lucy was the founding principal of Evolutions High School in Providence, Rhode Island. Evolutions High School is based on the Carnegie Design Principles, which emphasize personalized student learning experiences by leveraging technology to allow students to work at their own pace.
Prior to working for the Providence Public School District, Ms. Lucy worked in the New York City Department of Education for 13 years and was recognized for high student achievement and received Congressional recognition for excellence in STEM education.
In New York City, Ms. Lucy was an Assistant Principal of Science Security and created many learning opportunities for her students. Ms. Lucy has her Masters of Science degree in Supervision and Administration from Touro College and her Bachelors of Science degree from SUNY College at Old Westbury.
“Ms. Lucy stood out in the interview process through her engaging personality and presence,” Interim Superintendent Michael K. Virgil said. “She brings some unique experiences to Cooperstown. We look forward to seeing what the future brings to our District under her leadership at the secondary school.”
Mr. Brophy, a 1972 graduate of Cooperstown, is a familiar face in the region, having served as a longtime guidance counselor and social studies teacher at Edmeston Central School, as well as a building principal for ONC BOCES. He also spent 16 years coaching both boys and girls basketball at modified, junior varsity and varsity levels.
“Along with his duties as athletic director, he will be doing all of the unannounced observations of faculty, coordinating District testing, supervising our Academic Intervention Services program and overseeing our extracurricular programs,” Mr. Virgil said. “Mr. Brophy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our District and will prove to be a valuable asset moving forward.”
The search for a permanent superintendent is continuing and an appointment is expected by Jan. 1, 2017.