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Two new administrators will join SGF July 1

June 28, 2021

The South Glens Falls CSD will welcome two new administrators to its team this summer.

The two newly-created positions include the director of personnel development and director of counseling/social-emotional learning. Both were created this spring to help to support district wide staff and initiatives, as well as overall academic and social-emotional programming for students.

At the Monday, June 21, board of education meeting, South Glens Falls CSD Chief Information Officer and former School Psychologist Flora Covey was appointed as the district’s new director of personnel development, and K-12 Counseling Department Chairperson at the Queensbury Union Free School District Janelle Sipowicz was appointed as the director of counseling/social-emotional learning.

Flora Covey

Director of Personnel Development Flora Covey

Covey worked in the South Glens Falls CSD from 2005 to 2018 as a school psychologist and then as the district’s chief information officer since 2018. She has a bachelor of science in psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a certificate in advanced graduate studies in school psychology, a master of science in educational psychology from Northeastern University, and school building/district leader certification from Stony Brook University.

“My new role will give me the opportunity to support the work and well-being of our staff so that we can enhance learning and student outcomes. I’m proud of the district’s vision to promote mental health and wellness for all students and staff,” Covey said. “I am excited and looking forward to collaborating with all stakeholders on creating a community school in South Glens Falls.”

“Our district has about 535 full- and part-time staff members who currently have no support from a human resources department. Adding this position will give our staff a centralized place for all job-related information,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. “Additionally, Mrs. Covey will be responsible for overseeing the work of creating community schools within the district. Her background will allow us to build partnerships with the community to continue to support our families.”

Sipowicz has worked as a high school counselor in Queensbury since July 2012, and has been the K-12 Counseling Department Chairperson since July 2017. She has a bachelor of arts in psychology, a master of science in education and a certificate of advanced study in school counseling from The College of Saint Rose. She also has a certificate of advanced study in school building leadership from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Janelle Sipowicz

Director of Counseling/Social-Emotional Learning Janelle Sipowicz

“Adding this position, which is designed to provide significant support to our students, reinforces our district’s commitment to supporting the social-emotional needs of our learners,” Orr said. “She will be working directly with our school counselors, social workers and other support personnel to improve the support programs we provide to children and families.”

“I look forward to starting as the Director of Counseling/SEL to continue to foster the relationships that the community has built to support students in their academic and post-secondary goals,” Sipowicz said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the positive culture that promotes student social emotional learning and prioritizes wellness for our students and staff.”

Both positions will be effective July 1, 2021.

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