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Heuvelton Central School appoints new elementary principal

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HEUVELTON - Heuvelton Central School is getting a new elementary school principal on May 1 after a search that began in November to fill the shoes of Cindy Belleau.

Mrs. Belleau left the district to become St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services coordinator of district initiatives and curriculum.

Shannon Jordan will begin her time at Heuvelton in May at a salary of $82,500 and comes to the district after serving as the superintendent of special education at BOCES. She also served as the elementary principal at Nightengale Elementary School in Massena for four years.

Heuvelton Superintendent Susan E. Todd said the school was “excited to yes” to Mrs. Jordan after an encouraging interview process.

Board of Education President Michael Davis said, “She’s going to be a great addition to our administrative team.”

“We had a good pool of candidates,” Mrs. Todd said, with five rising to the top as ideal candidates during discussions with the stakeholders committee that reviewed the applications including teachers, parents and a representative from the board of education.

Mrs. Todd said, “Each candidate was asked to spend a day in the district in which they did an observation of a lesson.”

After the observation Mrs. Todd and high school Principal Jesse C. Coburn talked over the lesson with the candidates and Mrs. Todd said it was during that process that Mrs. Jordan really stood out.

“It just felt like a team already,” Mrs. Todd said of the conversations.

Mrs. Todd said Mrs. Jordan, who grew up in Lisbon, “Understands the culture of our community and loves the Heuvelton Central School district.”

In her position at BOCES Mrs. Jordan was already working with faculty and students from Heuvelton, Mrs. Todd said.

Mrs. Jordan will take over from Ogdensburg resident Randy A. Johnson who has served as interim elementary principal since November at a per diem rate of $425.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with him,” Mrs. Todd said of Mr. Johnson.

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