HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — At their last meeting, the Hoosick Falls Central School District Board of Education chose Steven Leunig, the principal at Granville High School, to be the principal at HFCS in the coming school year.
, who will start the 2008-2009 school year as principal, said recently that he's
definitely going to be learning at the beginning.
"All I can do is bring my philosophy, which is to maintain a balance between task accomplishment and concern for the people doing the task," he
said. Leunig technically still works at Granville at this point, so his plans are all still in the idea phase.
"I'm a big fan of enhanced communication and doing it through a variety of means," he
said.He starts at HFCS on Aug. 7. The new principal, who started his career as a shop teacher at Division Avenue High School in Levittown, N.Y., 30 years ago, said he would like more of a network between parents, teachers, and the community.
Having a quarterly parent forum, where questions could be asked and concerns addressed, was one idea he
has been thinking about. Leunig and his wife are coming to Hoosick Falls because they want to be farther south, closer to the state capital.Leunig
was attracted to Hoosick Falls because of the school's technical program as well as its honors programs.
"It's kind of the best of both worlds," Leunig
said."Hands-on stuff makes it real for kids." He
that it was rare for schools in New York to have their shop equipment on school grounds. Leunig was selected out of a pool of 60 applicants, HFCS Superintendent Kenneth Facin said.
will get a prorated salary of $82,000 for the 2008-2009 school year, but his
annual salary is set at $98,000.