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MORRISTOWN - Thursday was the first day of school for students and Jeffrey M. Durant, Morristown Central School’s new principal.

Mr. Durant, who worked as the middle school principal and athletic director at Saranac Central School until beginning at Morristown, said he is “ready to accept a new challenge.”

Described as “a high energy guy” by Superintendent David J. Glover, Mr. Durant said he is just excited to start a new chapter.

“My number one goal is that every student feels a part of Morristown,” Mr. Durant said. “It’s all about the students and ensuring the student’s success.”

Mr. Durant graduated from Salmon River Central School in 1997, Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh in 2001 and began teaching middle school social studies in the fall of 2001 at Malone Central School. In addition to taking over as school principal, Mr. Durant will also serve as the district’s athletic director, a role previously filled by Mr. Glover.

“Athletics has always been part of my life,” Mr. Durant said, adding that he played interscholastic sports in college and has coached and officiated at various times throughout the past several years.

“I love all the lessons that can be learned outside the classroom in an athletic setting,” he said. “Teamwork, working together for one common goal; those are the kinds of things that can be taught outside the classroom.”

Mr. Durant took over as principal after the retirement of O. Michael Wills who stepped down to become district’s business teacher in August.

“So far everyone has been very welcoming, very inviting,” Mr. Durant said.

And Mr. Durant said he has felt right at home in Morristown. “It’s a small town; it’s a very supportive community.”

Mr. Durant is starting with a salary of $69,000.

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