Michael Graney, Raymond Ciccarelli and Richard Trowbridge.
Beginning July 1, there will be some changes in administration at the Bolton Central School District.
Bolton Central School District Superintendent Raymond Ciccarelli Jr. will retire on June 30 after serving the district for 17 years.
“If you count my student teaching, I’ve spent 40 years in the public education profession,” added Mr. Ciccarelli.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University, Ciccarelli worked for one year as an industrial arts teacher at Glens Falls Junior High School.
“I worked in that building which has now been converted into apartments in Glens Falls,” he noted. “My next experience was wonderful, being hired to teach Industrial Arts at Fair Haven Union High School, in Fair Haven, Vermont. I taught drafting, architectural drafting, photography, and graphic arts, as well as being a coach and advisor to student activities.”
During this time, Ciccarelli became a graduate student at Castleton State College, in Castleton, Vt.
In 1981, Ciccarelli earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from there and he met the one of three major mentors in his professional life, Dr. Robert F. Forest. Dr. Forest was his advisor and nudged Ciccarelli toward pursuing an administrative certification. As a result, in 1983, Ciccarelli became the first person to be conferred a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Castleton State College.
While at Minerva, Ciccarelli was active in many student related and curricular undertakings. While enjoying his time in Minerva, an opportunity became available to go “home.” In August of 1997 the Bolton CSD Board of Education hired him as Superintendent. Now, almost two decades later, the Bolton resident is retiring from that position, leaving behind many cherished memories and accomplishments.
His wife, Mary, who is a third grade teacher at the Warrensburg Elementary School and two sons: Blair, who resides in Saratoga Spring and is a physician’s assistant in the Emergency room at Saratoga Hospital; and Carl who just completed his freshman year at the SUNY College at Brockport where he is majoring in communications, all look forward to the retirement.
Ciccarelli is the son of Raymond Sr. and Rosalie Ciccarelli, owners of Chic’s Marina in Bolton Landing, which is operated by Ciccarelli’s sister Gail and her husband, Anthony DePace.
Bolton’s PK-12 Principal Michael Graney was hired as School Superintendent to fill the position left vacant by Ciccarelli. Graney has been Bolton’s PK-12 principal since Jan. 2, 2013, after serving as principal at Ticonderoga High School for 10 years. Before serving as principal, Graney was a physical education and driver education teacher at Ticonderoga High School for eight years. Two years before that he taught elementary math, science and physical education at Putnam Central School.
Richard Trowbridge was hired as the new PK-12 Principal to fill Mr. Graney’s position.
Currently, Trowbridge is the lead supervisory teacher at the Stuart M. Townsend Middle School, which is part of the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District and has been serving as the middle school’s guidance counselor. Plus, he’s the athletic director at the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District.
“I think Bolton Central School is a fantastic school,” said Mr. Trowbridge. “The staff works incredibly hard and I’m impressed with the students. The students feel they can do anything and they do. They walk out of school with confidence, thanks to all the opportunities and the teachers’ influence. I grew up in a small school and I like that atmosphere.”
Married with two children, Trowbridge resides in Warrensburg with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Tyler, and daughter, Jane.
“Having had Mr. Graney in the school building since January 2013 will provide a seamless transition as he moves from principal to superintendent and then he will also be here to provide support for Mr. Trowbridge as he begins his new role. I am very excited for our students and school community,” Ciccarelli added. “Mr. Graney and Mr. Trowbridge will form an excellent administrative team to see Bolton Central School continue to excel and improve.”