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B’ville principal among America’s best

— Anthony P. Cardamone is among 60 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation named to the 2012 National Distinguished Principals by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Cardamone was principal of Harry E. Elden Elementary School in the Baldwinsville Central School District for seven years and is serving as a principal on special assignment for the district this school year.

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Anthony Cardamone

“Tony Cardamone is a dedicated administrator, committed to providing students with the quality education and opportunities they need in a welcoming and supportive learning environment so that they may develop their full potential,” said BCSD Superintendent Jeanne Dangle.

The NDPs were honored Oct. 19 at an awards banquet at which U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the opening address honoring principals during National Principals Month.

Established in 1984, the two-day program, which was held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. The distinguished principals are selected by NAESP state affiliates, including the District of Columbia, and by committees representing private and overseas schools.

NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly commended the 60 principals for being exemplars of successful school leadership.

“For more than 25 years, our National Distinguished Principals program has recognized the nation’s most accomplished principals – front-line champions for children – who vastly impact individual lives and strengthen schools,” she said. “We congratulate the NDPs for nurturing positive school culture that meets children’s social, emotional and academic needs.”

It is particularly fitting to acknowledge the work of principals in October because Congress declared it National Principals Month through two separate measures. The U.S. Senate’s S. Res 552, and the U.S. House of Representatives companion resolution, H. Res 781, recognize and honor the contributions of school principals and assistant principals toward the success of students in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools, and encourage awareness throughout the month.

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