CROWN POINT - Crown Point Central School just closed its academic year, but work has already started in preparation of fall classes.
The district has hired a new principal and guidance counselor.
Elaine Dixon, a social studies teacher at Crown Point since 2004, became principal July 1. She replaces Agatha Mace, who has retired after 38 years in the district.
Andrea McDonald has been named guidance counselor. She replaces Cathy Russell, who leaves Crown Point after 20 years to become principal at Seton Catholic in Plattsburgh.
Superintendent Shari Brannock expects a smooth transition.
"The district is very fortunate to have wonderful replacements for terrific people who are moving on," Brannock said.
Dixon, who has undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY-Plattsburgh, spent the past academic year as an intern with Mace.
"Agatha knows the district inside and out," Dixon said. "She leaves big shoes to fill, but she's been wonderful in sharing her knowledge.
"I have enthusiasm for education and leadership," she added. "I really enjoy bettering curriculum and working with people. I'm excited."
Brannock said Dixon has been more than a teacher at Crown Point. She's been involved in student extracurricular activities and been part of the school's College For Every Student and America's Choice programs.
"We're excited to have Ms. Dixon," Brannock said. "She's done a tremendous amount for our students beyond the class room."
The principal's position at Crown Point is cut from 12 months to 11 in the new budget. Dixon will be paid $62,500.
Mace spent 38 years at Crown Point, 32 as a home and careers teacher before becoming principal six years ago.
"I want to thank everyone at Crown Point Central School for 38 wonderful years," Mace said. "We have wonderful staff and students; I sincerely mean that."
Mace plans to remain involved in education, mentoring student teachers through SUNY-Plattsburgh.
McDonald comes to Crown Point from Champlain Valley Educational Services where she has served as school community coordinator for the safe schools/healthy student project. Prior to that she was a program director for CFES.
McDonald has a bachelor's degree from Union College and a master's from Saint Rose.
"With her guidance degree and her background working with students and schools we feel she's an excellent find and is a great match with our programs," Brannock said.
The guidance position was slated to be reduced in the 2010-11 budget, but has been restored to full time. McDonald will be paid $37,382.
Russell said she welcomes the challenges at Seton Catholic, but will miss Crown Point.
"I'll treasure the 20 years I had at Crown Point," Russell said. "Seton Catholic offers a great opportunity for personal and professional growth. I'm looking forward to the task ahead at Seton."