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Moses DeWitt principal to replace JDMS' Craig

The Jamesville-DeWitt School Board hired a new principal, tabled a proposed fundraising policy for a third reading and listened to concerned parents' voice their opinions on an upcoming field trip at its biweekly meeting.

At the Oct. 20 J-D school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Alice Kendrick announced that Peter Smith would replace J-D Middle School Principal Jeff Craig, who is leaving the district to take a position with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES). The board unanimously approved Smith's appointment.

"Peter has been a staff member in Jamesville-DeWitt for a number of years," Kendrick said. "He was previously a social studies teacher, department chair and administrative assistant at the middle school. He (currently) is the principal at Moses DeWitt. I'm proud that has a broad base of experience and is the best candidate for the job, so I recommend that Peter become the middle school principal."

With Smith moving over to JDMS on Dec. 1, there is now an opening at Moses DeWitt Elementary School.

"Peter will be there until the end of November," Kendrick said. "At my recommendation, we will have an interim principal until we can find a replacement. Our goal is to open up the search and have a new principal soon."

Under Kendrick's plan, the district's applicant pool will be narrowed down to six to eight candidates, who will interview in November. Then, three or four candidates will come back to interview and speak to a larger community audience. Two finalists will interview with the school board around Thanksgiving. Hopefully, Kendrick said, the district would have a replacement by December.

"His instructional ability and love for middle school students will be missed," said Kendrick of Craig. "We are delighted and lucky that he is only going to be at BOCES, so he will continue to work with the district. It is with great sadness that I recommend his resignation to our board."

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