Hartford announces new principal

brian-georgeBy Jaime Thomas

The search is over for a new principal at Hartford Central School.

District Superintendent Andrew Cook announced at a meeting last week that Brian George will take the position of Junior/ Senior High School principal effective July 1.

“He had the personality the board felt really would work well with our staff and students. We really feel he’s going to do a great job here,” Cook said. “Brian really did a good job with research, knowing the school and preparing.”

He said there were 30 candidates for the position, including a number whom he described as high quality. The shared decision-making team, consisting of Cook, teachers, bus drivers and others, initially narrowed the potential hires to eight and then three.

Cook, the shared decision-making team and the board of education made a unanimous decision for George in the final round of picking a principal.

“I’m just really excited for the opportunity the board and Mr. Cook gave me,” George said. He said Hartford is a similar size to Abraham Wing Elementary in Glens Falls, where he currently teaches fifth grade. Before that, he was working in preventative services in the Warrensburg school system.

Cook said Hartford officials liked George’s wide range of experience and how he fits with the district.

“When it was down to three candidates, I had them come around the school with me, and he really took the time to talk with the students,” he said.

George said he likes the small school setting and the community’s involvement with the district.

“I’m looking forward to working with the community and keeping up with what Mr. Cook has done there, and expanding that as well,” he said.

George will have a three-year probationary period until June 30, 2016, at which point the district will decide whether to grant him tenure.

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