Jennifer Bull is the new principal at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.
New Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Principal Jennifer Bull has experience working with the district and knowledge of local families.
She succeeds Ken Hughes, who submitted his resignation earlier this year for personal reasons.
District Superintendent Gail S. Else said Bull is a “very capable, student-oriented administrative professional, poised for success.”
Bull has been employed by the district for the past five years as chairperson for the committee on special education and as the chief information officer.
The principal described her educational philosophy as one of confidence in children.
“I believe all students can learn, as long as we have some really great teachers here,” Bull said.
Having spent much of her day as CIO in front of a computer screen, the principal said she was looking forward to more interaction with children.
“I’ll definitely have more contact with the kids,” Bull said. “That’s kind of what I missed out on the last couple years.”
Recently in the budget process, the School Board had eliminated Bull’s committee and CIO positions, but her tasks still had to be done. At the end of the 2010-2011, Hughes submitted his resignation.
It was at this point that Else and others created a plan to merge some of Bull’s responsibilities with those of the principal. Given her past experience, Bull was a logical choice for the new role, the superintendent said.
“With her background knowledge of our district, it has made the transition to our new structure easier,” Else said.
The job restructuring is currently a work in process, the superintendent said. Bull will no longer be the school’s chief information officer. The principal is currently chairperson of the committee on special education, though this may change. Bull is also now the director of special education.
Bull graduated from the University at Albany with a CAS in Educational Administration in 2005. She graduated from the same university with a master’s degree in social work in 2001. She graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1999.
ELCS back to school
The first full day of school for students at ELCS is Sept. 7.
There will be a back to school picnic on Sept. 9, sponsored by the Parent-Teacher-Student Association. It will be held at 5 p.m. at the golf pavilion on Cobble Hill.
School picture day will be held Sept. 26. There will be a school open house on Sept. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The school will have a new french teacher this year, but the position has not yet been filled, according to district Superintendant Gail S. Else.