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B-P starts reorganization

BROADALBIN — As Broadalbin-Perth Central School District have plans in action to reorganize its schools, they are also making changes to the administrative team.

According to a news release, starting on July 1, Bradley Strait, who has been principal of The Learning Community since 2014, has been named director of special education and intervention services, and Daniel Casey who has been principal at the Intermediate School since 2009, will be principal of the new pre-K through grade 6 Broadalbin-Perth Elementary School when it opens in September.

The school district has plans to reorganize its two campuses. Those plans include making the Perth campus at 1870 Route 107 in Amsterdam — that currently houses grades 6 through 8 and grades 3 through 5 — into the Broadalbin-Perth Elementary School, and making the Broadalbin campus at 100 Bridge St., — that currently houses grades pre-K through 2 and 9 through 12 — into the Broadalbin Jr./Sr. High School.

“For more than 1.5 years Mr. Strait has dedicated himself to serving the needs of B-P’s students with grace, compassion, and professionalism. I am certain the TLC staff will miss Mr. Strait’s quiet, but steadfast leadership and support, but their loss is the district’s gain,” said Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson. “Mr. Casey has proven to be a dynamic and charismatic leader of elementary staff and students, and I am excited for him to lead them all through this transition into the next chapter of B-P’s history.”

According to the release, as principal at TLC, Strait has had many accomplishments and has expanded opportunities for B-P’s youngest learners, including introducing the Project Lead the Way curriculum and expanding the swimming program at the Fulton County YMCA. Under his leadership, there was an increase in participation in TLC’s literacy programs and the school introduced new special events, such as STEAM Night. Strait has also been acknowledged by the state Education Department in 2019 when TLC was named the first Recognition School in the HFM BOCES region.

Strait first joined B-P as a special education teacher in 2004. He earned a master’s degree in special education in 2008 and his Certificate of Advanced Study in 2015, both at the College of St. Rose. He holds New York state certifications in School District Leader, School Building Leader, childhood education and special education for grades 1 through 6.

Strait is taking the position director of special education and intervention services replacing Christine Foglia-Sands who is retiring at the end of the school year.

“I’m going to miss being directly involved with the students — watching how timid they are at the start of school and then finding their niche and excelling as they finish second grade,” Strait said. “But as a former special education teacher, I’ve always enjoyed working to align our programs to meet the needs of all the students that we serve. I look forward to continuing to do that work in my new role.”

According to the release, as the intermediate school principal, Casey has led students and staff through the transition when the sixth grade moved to B-P Middle School and the third grade moved to BPIS from TLC. During his tenure, students’ proficiency rates were consistently at or above state and regional averages on New York state assessments. Casey led the intermediate school through the implementation of the Common Core state standards and resulting curriculum changes, and he worked with teachers to incorporate grade-level team teaching in fourth and fifth grade. Casey also collaborated with teachers and members of community to create programs such as Community Connections, Slice and a Story, and the Amazing Math Race.

Before becoming principal of the intermediate school, Casey worked for one year as assistant principal at B-P High School. He started in B-P in 2002 as a high school English teacher. Casey earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and Certificate of Advanced Study all from SUNY Plattsburgh. He holds New York state certification in School District Leader, School Building and English 7 through 12.

“I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the new Broadalbin-Perth Elementary School,” Casey said. “As a parent in the district, I take this responsibility personally and look forward to opening the doors to new ideas and unique adventures. I have been fortunate to learn from many outstanding educators during my time in the district and I am excited to bring aspects of three B-P buildings together to create an environment focused on the social, emotional, and academic success of the students we serve.”

Tomlinson said the district will be advertising for an assistant elementary school principal by the end of the week.

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