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Potter brings ‘versatility,’ ‘people skills’ to superintendency

— “One of Mark's strengths is his strong people skills,” she said. “He actively listens and is interested in what others have to say. He welcomes discussion and differing viewpoints, and is a creative thinker, which will be extremely helpful in the challenging financial times ahead.”

Though he’s been with the district for six years, Potter acknowledged that there would be a learning curve to which he’d have to adjust.

“Having been in the job in one facet of education, that being secondary education, I think I have to still take the time to learn and understand the pieces that I haven’t had that much association with. That includes relations with the community in elementary education, food services, transportation services — all of the support services that are meaningful to kids getting to and from school and being successful while they’re there,” he said. “These are some of the places where I have to get myself out there and try to demonstrate that we want to partner with the community and that we’ll do the right thing to help kids become ready for the next step after Liverpool, whether that’s college or vocational school or the job market.”

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