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January 14, 2014

Mark Treanor named director of student and staff support services

Eva Jones to serve as interim assistant high school principal

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Mark Treanor will begin as the director of student and staff support services on Feb. 2.

At the Board of Education meeting on January 13, Niskayuna High School Assistant Principal Mark Treanor was named the district's director of student and staff support services, a position created this year as part of the district's organizational restructuring. Eva Jones, director for English language arts and social studies 9-12, was appointed to fill the assistant principal role on an interim basis through the end of the school year.

The director of student and staff support services position was designed to strengthen support across the district and provide cohesive leadership and coordination across a variety of student service areas.

Treanor emerged as the clear choice of three groups who conducted interviews with six candidates for the new position, who were drawn from a larger pool of applicants from across the state. The interview groups included employees representing support staff and human resources, faculty and staff from student service areas, and district leadership team members.

Treanor began with the district as a special education teacher in 1985, and has been assistant principal for nearly a decade. He has worked closely with students, teachers and staff, and parents on an array of issues in that time, including serving as the high school's building project liaison, overseeing student activities, and being an integral member of the committees that worked collaboratively to meet new state requirements for principal and teacher evaluations.

In Treanor's role as a special education teacher, he designed and implemented the first co-teaching model at the high school.

"In the past 30 years, I am proud to have served in any capacity asked of me," Treanor said. "There is much good work done by many people in Niskayuna. The most important work done in schools is the work done each day in our classrooms. I humbly accept this challenge and hope to be a contributing member of the district level administrative team."

The new position is responsible for overseeing student placements; services provided by counselors, psychologists, social workers, and speech therapists; student health and safety; student activities and athletics; and human resource areas such as recruitment, hiring, contract administration, and health and safety. Longtime educator Dr. Michael J. Dutkowsky has been filling the director of student and staff support services position on an interim basis since it was first established this fall.

Treanor will begin in the position on February 1, which will allow him to remain at the high school through the first semester and January exam period. His salary will stay at the current level.

"Mark has established himself as a thoughtful, well-respected leader in our schools and community who is always thinking about kids and his colleagues," Interim Superintendent John Yagielski. "That's exactly what this position is all about. Mark's ability to bring people together to meet the needs of students and solve issues to move the organization forward will serve him well in this role."


Eva Jones to be Interim Assistant High School Principal

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Eva Jones will become interim assistant high school principal on Feb. 2.

Eva Jones, a longtime instructional leader in the district, will fill the high school assistant principal position being vacated by Treanor through the end of this school year. The search for the permanent replacement will begin in March, with the expectation that the successful candidate will begin over the summer.

Jones came to Niskayuna as an English language arts teacher (ELA) in 2000, and became the director of ELA 9-12 in 2005. She took on the combined role of director of ELA and social studies earlier this year.

Yagielski said that Jones' extensive experience as a leader at the high school and her rapport with teachers, staff, and parents made her the right choice to step into the position.

Jones has served on many building and district level committees throughout her time with the district, and has taken on a significant role in the implementation of the Common Core Standards and the evaluation (APPR) process. She currently leads the High School Professional Development Committee.

"I am looking forward to working more closely with all high school teachers to support their work with students and to offer my assistance with the wide array of high school programs," Jones said.
Jones will officially begin in the new role on February 1. Her current salary will be adjusted to reflect differences in the work year between directors and principals.

The district is currently finalizing a plan to ensure that the ELA and social studies departments continue to have the necessary leadership and support.

Yagielski met with the high school faculty on Tuesday afternoon to communicate the changes directly.