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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339




Welcome Beth Donovan!

Harry Hoag welcomes new interim principal

When students returned to Harry Hoag Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 8, they were greeted by a new interim principal.

Elizabeth Donovan was named interim principal recently by the Fort Plain Board of Education. She is expected to serve until the end of January, while the board searches for a permanent replacement for Mr. Hutchinson.

A veteran educator with more than 30 years of experience, Mrs. Donovan began her career as a teaching assistant and has served in various roles – the past 17 as an administrator. Mrs. Donovan recently retired from 11 years as the middle school principal for Fonda-Fultonville. Prior to that, she served as an elementary principal for West Canada Valley Central School District, and as the Director of Special Programs for Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District.

Mrs. Donovan will be concentrating on maintaining a positive, safe and nurturing environment at the elementary level while she is serving as principal.

“The staff of Harry Hoag is committed to building the capacity of each student, especially in the area of literacy,” said Mrs. Donovan. “I feel privileged and proud to be part of this important journey. I look forward to working with this group of talented and dedicated professionals, and even more excited to the meet the students.”

“It is our good fortune to land someone of Mrs. Donovan's caliber to lead the Harry Hoag Elementary school through the opening of school and the first semester,” said Superintendent David Ziskin. “Mrs. Donovan is a strong, experienced building administrator who has consistently and successfully supported her students and her teachers' professional growth efforts throughout her career. I can't think of a better person to help our faculty continue to build upon the existing momentum at Harry Hoag.”