B y Dan King

Whitehall Central School has seen significant turnover in administrative roles over the past year, something new elementary school principal Rich Trowbridge hopes to stop.

“I’m really excited to be here,” Trowbridge said. “I turned down another position to take this one, because I can see myself staying here for a while, as long as they’re happy with me.”

Trowbridge said there is a lot of work to be done before the school year starts, but that he is excited to get started and begin to meet members of the community.

“My first goal is to try to bring a calming and reassuring influence,” he said. “I want to get everyone working as a team to head this elementary school in the right direction, and I want to make a commitment to stay here a while, because turnover in the administrative position is never good.”

The Queensbury resident said he was excited because of the opportunity to “be on the ground floor.” He also said he was excited to work with Interim superintendent Bill Scott and Interim High School Principal Mark Doody, who he described as “experienced administrators.”

Trowbridge spent 21 years at Hadley-Luzerne Central School District in a variety of capacities, first as a second grade teacher, then as a sixth grade teacher. After 15 years as a teacher he took an administrative-type position called lead supervisory teacher, which he described as a “combination of assistant principal and guidance counselor.” He spent his final few years as the athletic director.

He also served a brief stint as principal in Bolton, but left for what he described as “personal reasons.”

In addition to his educator roles at Hadley-Luzerne, Trowbridge coached soccer and basketball for the Eagles, which is where he said he began to realize he liked Whitehall.

“When I used to coach against them, I always enjoyed coming to Whitehall,” he said. “I always knew the kids were going to be polite, but competitive.”

Trowbridge began his job last Friday and will be paid $70,190 for his partial year this year. After that he will be salaried at $80,000.

He is the first of three full-time administrators the Board of Education will need to hire, the others being eventual replacements for Scott and Doody, when their respective interim appointments expire.

The board approved the hiring of Trowbridge unanimously last Thursday. He was one of some 30 to 40 candidates, including Jane O’Shea, who served as the interim when Brett Lamy, the former principal, abruptly resigned earlier this year.

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