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Former Syracuse teacher tapped as WHS administrator


Watertown High School has a full slate of administrators ready to start the school year.

Thomas Nabinger was approved as the new assistant principal, effective Monday, at Friday’s Watertown City School District Board of Education meeting.

As with all other administrative positions, Mr. Nabinger has a three-year probationary period.

“Most importantly, Tom comes to us with 20 years of experience as an educator,” Principal Leslie E. Atkinson said. “He was a seasoned veteran of the education profession.”

Mrs. Atkinson was a part of the selection committee. Mr. Nabinger will fill her former position, from which she resigned in May.

School administration shifted about a year ago, when former Principal Lloyd L. Peck left to accept the superintendent post at Chenango Forks Central School District. Former Pulaski High School Principal Joseph M. McGrath was tapped to serve as interim principal until June 30.

After Mrs. Atkinson was approved as the new high school principal, O. Nelly Collazo, co-assistant principal, resigned to accept a position as principal of Beekmantown High School. Mrs. Collazo was replaced by administrative intern Jeffrey L. Ginger, a former high school social studies teacher.

Mr. Nabinger will come to Watertown High School with 17 years’ experience as an earth science teacher at Nottingham High School and two years as an administrative intern at Van Duyn Elementary School, both in the Syracuse City School District.

According to Superintendent Terry N. Fralick, Mr. Nabinger was one of 12 people who applied for the position. His years of experience made him stand out to the selection committee.

“His teaching experience and his interview were excellent,” Mr. Fralick said.

Mrs. Atkinson said the new assistant principal has experience with the annual professional performance reviews and Common Core state standards.

“Most importantly, he seems like a wonderful fit for the professional staff already in place at Watertown High School,” she said. “I’m excited to have him on board.”

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