North to depart Glebe Elementary

Glebe Street Elementary School Principal Abbey North ushers students into the Johnstown school in September 2018. North has announced she will be leaving the district to take a job in Albany County. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — After seven years with Glebe Street Elementary School, Principal Abbey North is taking a principalship in Albany County.

She will become the principal of Loudonville Elementary School, which is part of the North Colonie Central School District.

North, a Rock City Falls resident, said Tuesday that she leaves Johnstown with great memories.

“My time in Johnstown has been nothing other than spectacular,” she said.

North has headed up a school that a few years ago was part of the new grade level grouping structure in Johnstown. She has been the principal of Glebe, which has exclusively second and third graders.

Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent Patricia Kilburn said Tuesday that North notified her staff Monday via an email. She said North has received nothing but “wonderful” accolades during her seven years as Glebe principal.

“Abbey has just been absolutely incredible,” Kilburn said.

The superintendent on Tuesday said the district hadn’t officially been notified of the move, and the effective date is not known.

Board of Education President Christopher Tallon, who has had two children at Glebe under the tutelage of North, said Tuesday that a “great hole” in education will be created by North’s departure. He said she was well-liked by staff and children.

“Abbey was a great asset,” Tallon said. “She’s definitely loved by all the students.”

Tallon said the Board of Education has “obviously” not been officially notified yet, but will eventually have to take action on North’s resignation. He said he didn’t want to speculate on whether an interim replacement at Glebe is needed, or whether a full-time replacement could or should be put in place by September.

The city school district will have to make a decision on the Glebe vacancy, and may have to also with the top spot in the district. Kilburn is one of two finalists for the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES district superintendent position. A decision on that is expected by the end of July.

North said the move to Loudonville in Albany County will be closer for her family. She called her move “a different career opportunity,” but she continues to praise the Johnstown district.

“There are great people working in Johnstown,” North said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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