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South Glens Falls CSD Board of Education intends to appoint superintendent

May 10, 2018

Ms. Kristine OrrThe South Glens Falls Central School District Board of Education is pleased to announce its intent to appoint Ms. Kristine Orr as Superintendent of Schools at the next meeting of the Board on May 21, 2018. Orr is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at the South Glens Falls Central School District, a position she has held for the past six years.

Board of Education President, William Elder, stated, “The Board is excited to appoint Kristine Orr as our next Superintendent. After a thorough and thoughtful process that included many different constituents within the district, it became clear that Ms. Orr was the best candidate. Her strong background and leadership experiences will enable the District to continue its mission to support our students so that upon leaving high school they will be well prepared for college, the workforce, or service in the military.”

The Board offered Orr a contract with an initial salary of $165,000. She is expected to begin her duties on July 1, 2018.

“With Ms. Orr’s strengths in supporting effective instructional programs, budgeting, efficiency and effectiveness in operations, knowledge of the district, and community and regional academic connections, we anticipate a fairly seamless transition,” said Elder.

Orr has been with the South Glens Falls Central School District since 2012. Prior to joining South Glens Falls, she spent eight years serving the Queensbury Union Free School District. Orr was High School Principal from 2011-2012, Director of Secondary Curriculum from 2007-2011, and High School Assistant Principal from 2004-2007.

“In my most recent role of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the district, I was fortunate to work closely with Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton, Ed.D., and the board of education to develop a vision for the district,” said Orr. “I am thrilled that I will be able to continue the work to implement this vision through our capital project, the move to a true, 21st-century learning environment and incorporating best practices for teaching and learning.”

Orr earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo, a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany, and completed the Administrative Program at SUNY Plattsburgh and the Leadership Program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Orr has also completed the Future Superintendent’s Development Program through the NYS Council of School Superintendents. She holds the following NYS certifications: School District Administrator, School Administrator and Supervisor, and Permanent Certification in Mathematics (7-12).

Orr said, “South Glens Falls is a unique and special place and I am honored that the board of education has chosen me to continue the work of cultivating a community of respect, high achievement and success for our students. It is undoubtedly the highest point so far in my professional career to be able to lead the schools in a community like South Glens Falls, where we can continue to engage our talented staff members for the greater good of our children here.

“As I reflect on my time in the district so far, the way the staff and board members have embraced new teaching tools and methods, the commitment to developing wellness for the whole student, and the spirit of the community as it comes together for a shared purpose like the South High Marathon Dance, I know what a special place it is. I am looking forward to continuing our long-range planning to propel the district further into the future.”

WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent James Dexter, who coordinated the search on behalf of the district, said, “I am very happy with the process that was used by the South Glens Falls Board to select their next superintendent. Community engagement was a crucial part of the search. Each superintendent candidate met with three Advisory Committees. Each Advisory Committee consisted of 12 members from the school and local community, and each committee provided feedback to the Board. Everyone involved kept the best interests of the students in mind and selected the candidate that best fit their ideals and needs.”

Orr will replace Interim Superintendent Dr. Jon Hunter. She resides in the South Glens Falls Central School District with her family and enjoys skiing, golfing and the variety of activities the region has to offer.

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