April 14, 2017
The Middleburgh Central School District
administration will be moving forward with a few changes in its
administrative team in preparation for the 2017-18 school year.
Michael Teator, who currently serves as
co-principal at Middleburgh Junior/Senior High School, will fill
the principal position at Middleburgh Elementary School – a
position the district has sought to fill after interim principal
Amy Tubbs’ work at the school comes to a close at the end of
the 2016-17 year.
Lori Petrosino will remain in her position
at Middleburgh Jr./Sr. High School and will become the sole
principal for the school.
The Board of Education approved these
administrative changes at their meeting on Wednesday, April 12,
and Superintendent Michele R. Weaver shared that these changes
prepare the district to maximize its capacity and move forward
with proven and dedicated school leadership.
"This year, Mr. Teator and Mrs. Petrosino
significantly developed their abilities as strong leaders," Ms.
Weaver said. "They both played key roles in formulating our
professional development activities that helped to align staff
members districtwide in following through with our improvement
plans and enhancing instructional quality for students."
Mr. Teator joined Middleburgh Central
Schools during the 2011-12 school year, when he was first hired
as a part-time middle school principal. He later became
co-principal at the Jr./Sr. High School with Mrs. Petrosino when
the district restructured school grade levels, and Middleburgh
Jr./Sr. High School was established in the 2014-15 school year.
Prior to his time at MCS, Mr. Teator served
in a number of teaching and school leadership positions –
including principal and assistant principal positions in the
Salem, Taconic Hills and Watervliet school districts. In
Watervliet, Mr. Teator served as assistant principal of
Watervliet Elementary School where he received tenure in
Teator was an invaluable asset in establishing an orderly, safe
environment at Watervliet Elementary School, and he consistently
supported the growth of each student – while keeping the success
of every child as his personal goal.
At Middleburgh Elementary School, Mr.
Teator will bring his experience from MCS and outside districts
to facilitate a strong and consistent learning environment for
"Mr. Teator is a great fit for our
elementary school," Ms. Weaver said. "In addition to his strong
skillset, we will benefit from the in-depth knowledge of the
district, its culture, and its needs that he already has. Rather
than taking time to learn the ropes, Mr. Teator can hit the
ground running and start the next school year off on a prepared
and positive note."
While Middleburgh Elementary School has
seen a number of changes in leadership over the past few years,
district officials are excited that Mr. Teator will bring
continuity to the school community.
"We’re very grateful to Amy Tubbs for her
work with us over the past several months as interim principal,"
Ms. Weaver said. "She has been an excellent leader for our
school, and she was able to help us assess – from an outside
perspective – what the school needed and who, within our own
district, would best fit its needs and keep the best interests
of the school at heart."
During the remainder of the school year,
district officials will be implementing a transition plan to
facilitate collaboration between Mrs. Tubbs and Mr. Teator to
formulate a plan for student success in the final months of this
school year and for the start of 2017-18.
At Middleburgh Jr./Sr. High School, Ms.
Weaver shared that she feels students will benefit from Mrs.
Petrosino’s continued leadership.
"Mrs. Petrosino’s thoughtful and deliberate
guidance has benefitted our school for years," Mrs. Weaver said.
"She’s someone who is truly vested in the community, and she
will continue to take into account the needs of our students,
staff and community members as we move forward."
These administrative changes will be fully
implemented by the beginning of the next school year on July 1,
The district welcomes input from families
and community members about these administrative changes and
hopes to incorporate more community voices as it plans for the
"The changes needed to happen to ensure
that every MCS student is given access to the services,
continuity and strong leadership they deserve," Ms. Weaver said.
"I’m excited for both of our building leaders to shine in their
own ways and build upon the notable work they’ve already done
here at MCS."