Pronounce it “Bee-on-itch” after July 1, New principal hired
The students at Granville have some summer homework after the Granville Board of Education approved a contract with a new high school principal.
A Michigan native and currently one of the principals in Albany, Scott Bojanich was the choice made at the end of the search process that began after current Principal Dan Poucher announced he was planning to step down into the role of vice principal.
Bojanich said he plans to start July 1.
The summer homework for students, staff and faculty alike: Learn how to pronounce the new principal’s name.
“It’s like ‘be honest’ and put an ‘ich’ on it,” Scott Bojanich said just a few minutes after the end of the meeting that made the job official.
Coming to Granville is something like returning to the area he grew up in, Bojanich said.
“I grew in rural southwest Michigan; I’m a farm boy,” he said.
Bojanich said it was with an eye to his formative years he sought the job in Granville. “I grew up on a farm. I went to high school in a small town and had a great experience. I know that it had everything to do with me deciding to go into education (I had a) great principal, great coaches, great teachers – it was kind of something out of a Norman Rockwell painting,” he said. “We all knew each other and we all took care of each other.”
After graduating from Olivet College in southern Michigan, Bojanich said, his first job out of school in 1985 had him as a teacher and football coach. He would start in administration four years later.
About 15 years ago, Bojanich said, his wife (Trish) encouraged him to move the family to New York state.
After spending some time in Orange County downstate, Bojanich said, he moved to Delhi where he spent another six years before moving to Albany.
Bojanich said he was not certain he was interested in the job initially, but found it appealing upon more investigation as the process moved along.
“When I saw the position, I looked on a map and said, ‘You know what that sounds interesting to me because if I had my druthers I‘d rather be in a small rural setting.’ It’s nice to get to know people; it’s nice to get to know your students and not only get to know them but you get to know their parents – you probably, before too long, know where they live and I enjoy that relationship,” Bojanich said.
“I kind of went into education hopefully to help make a difference with young people and I think it’s a lot easier to do that when you know who they are and what it’s all about,” he said.
Asked what attracted him to the job, Bojanich said: “To be honest with you, until I drove up and drove around and got interviewed I didn’t know – because you never do – if it’s going to be a good fit for you. During my first interview, there was just something – I get a special feeling about the people that I’ve met and I’ve had that feeling before.”
Bojanich said the reception in the district has been a warm one even during the interview process.
“The people here have been incredibly hospitable and very professional. Everybody I’ve met, there’s a glow about them and there’s something special about this school district; that’s my sense,” he said.
“And then when I came back the second time things got a little more serious. The questions took another tone. I was fortunate enough to meet some students and some staff when I came last Friday. I just came and hung out I wasn’t here on an official interview. I’d already, in fact, been offered the position, but I just wanted to come up and just see how things were during the school day and talk to people,” he said.
“I was in the school for a few hours, got to bump into people who weren’t on the interview committee so that was more convincing to me that this was a good fit for me and my family,” he said.
Bojanich said it was too early to talk about specific goals; his first priority is to sit down and pick the brains of the people around him as soon as he starts work.
“I think we have some work to do in some areas, but at least from where I’m sitting right now we’ve got the right people here, who’ve got the right idea about things,” he said.
Bojanich said his general goals were similar to those of any principal.
“I want students to achieve, get good grades, graduate, succeed and pass the regents. … I want to make sure we have a good summer and are ready for the coming school year,” he said.