welcomes new interim principal
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.”