Ticonderoga High School has a new principal. Paul Berkheimer, who retired last June after 32 years as principal at Jackson Heights Elementary School in Glens Falls, has been appointed as interim principal by the Ti school board.
Ticonderoga High School has a new principal.
Paul Berkheimer, who retired last June after 32 years as principal at Jackson Heights Elementary School in Glens Falls, has been appointed as interim principal by the Ti school board.
Berkheimer will hold the job through June while the district searches for a permanent replacement for Mike Graney, who resigned as Ti High principal to accept a similar position at Bolton Central School.
“I was looking for a place similar to Jackson Heights; I felt very comfortable when I visited Ticonderoga,” Berkheimer said. “It seems like a great place to spend the next six months. I’ve met most of the staff and adminstration and everyone is very welcoming.”
Berkheimer taught elementary school for 10 years in suburban Philadelphia before becoming principal at Jackson Heights.
“Somehow I landed in the right spot and I was smart enough to stay there,” Berkheimer said of his tenure at Jackson Heights. “It’s a wonderful school.”
John McDonald, Ti school superintendent, is pleased to have Berkheimer on broad.
“We feel he will do a great job getting us through the year and will provide stability in Mr. Graney's absence,” McDonald said.
The search for a permanent high school principal will begin in February or March, McDonald said.
Graney will become principal at Bolton Central School Jan. 1.
“This is a very difficult decision,” said Graney, who has been Ti High principal the past 11 years. “I’ve learned a lot and enjoyed my time here tremendously. It’s really just a matter of seeking out new challenges.
“I know many people in Bolton and admire their (school) district,” he added. “It feels like a nice fit for me personally and professionally.”
McDonald said Graney will be missed.
“Mike has done a fantastic job as principal,” McDonald said. “He has worked hard to become an educational leader and has been instrumental in developing new programs, most recently the marine technology and alternative high school. Mike has also helped set the standard of high expectations which has led to our top 2 percent ranking in U.S. News and World Report.
“I am very proud of his accomplishments and we will certainly miss him,” the superintendent said, “but wish him all the best as he continues on his career path.”
Graney is a “Ti guy.” He is a Ticonderoga native and graduated from Ticonderoga High School. He has spent his entire career, except 2 1/2 years at Putnam Central, as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Ti school district.
Graney will be principal for Bolton’s entire pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school. The district has about 230 students.
There are nearly 300 students at Ti High.
Graney believes the transition to a new principal at Ti High will be smooth.
“Whoever comes in has a great staff,” Graney said. “If the next person just lets the staff guide him they’ll be fine. That’s what I did 11 years ago and it worked out great.
“This is a great, great staff,” he added. “Ticonderoga is in good hands.”