Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School did not have to look far to find its new principal. Approximately one mile down the road at Moses-DeWitt Elementary School is where the J-D School District found Peter Smith to succeed Jeff Craig.
Smith, the current principal of Moses-DeWitt, will be replacing current JDMS principal Craig, who is leaving the district to take a position with the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES).
Transitioning from the elementary school to the middle school shouldn't be too hard for Smith, Craig said, referring to Smith's previous experience at JDMS.
Before taking over as Moses-DeWitt's principal in July 2007, Smith was a social studies teacher, department chair and assistant principal at the middle school. Having worked for the J-D School District since 1997, Smith has also held the district-wide role of director of curriculum and instruction.
"I have worked with Peter for a pretty long time," Craig said. "He was actually assistant principal here with me, so we worked together until he left that role to report to the central office, where I continued to work with him. Then currently as principal of Moses-DeWitt, he and I continue to work together and collaborate on a number of projects. So I can't think of anyone better suited or qualified to take over the leadership of the school than Peter Smith."
Smith said he was excited to go back to JDMS, where he first started in the district.
"I think that makes it a lot easier since I am obviously very familiar with the curriculum," Smith said. "I know a lot of the teachers and having been a teacher at the middle school, I have a sense of what the students are like. Middle school is an exciting time in the development of students, so I look forward to it."