Southwick chosen as principal

TUPPER LAKE – Matt Southwick, who has been filling in as interim principal at the middle/high school this year, has been chosen as the permanent replacement for the position.

District Superintendent Seth McGowan announced the decision at Monday night’s school board meeting.

McGowan said three candidates were interviewed for the position, and “a large committee made up of a cross-section of stakeholders” chose Southwick unanimously.

“There was no question,” McGowan said.

That will be effective as of July 1, and McGowan said there would have to be private discussions about Southwick’s contract. Southwick was approved in January to get a 10 percent increase to his prior salary while he served as interim principal.

Before serving as principal, Southwick was a guidance counselor at the middle/high school.

McGowan served as both middle/high school principal and district superintendent for about a year-and-a-half after Pam Martin retired from the principal position, but he said he is too busy with new teacher evaluation requirements to fulfill both positions. He advised the board at their November meeting that they should put someone in the position who already works in the district for the second half of the school year, and he said that during that time, the board would conduct a full search for a permanent replacement for the position.