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WHS principal leaving after less than 2 years


Lloyd Peck has resigned as Watertown High Principal to become superintendent of Chenango Forks High School.

According to Chenango Forks' website:

The Chenango Forks Central School District Board of Education announced the selection of the next school superintendent. The board is pleased to announce that Lloyd “Joe” Peck has accepted the offer to serve as superintendent of schools beginning July 1.

Currently, Mr. Peck serves as principal at Watertown High School in the Watertown City School District. Previously he served as house principal at Albany High School in the City School District of Albany, and K-8 principal at Southside Academy School in Syracuse, NY. Prior to his administrative experience, Mr. Peck began his career as a social studies teacher.

He has a bachelor's degree in political science and a certificate of advanced studies from SUNY Oswego, and a master's degree in education from LeMoyne College. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Walden University, majoring in administrator leadership for teaching and learning.

Here is the WDT story from 2010:

For Lloyd L. Peck, becoming the principal of Watertown High School is like coming home."I've always wanted to move back to the north country. I'm really just a country boy at heart," Mr. Peck said. "I'm just excited to be here."

Mr. Peck is a north country native. He is a graduate of Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, Parishville, and he taught social studies in Alexandria Bay and Chittenango before going back to college to become an administrator. His most recent position was a three-year stint as a principal at Albany High School.

Albany High School has a student population of about 2,400. As a principal there, Mr. Peck was in charge of half of those students; another principal was in charge of the other half, and there also was a buildingwide principal.

"I definitely enjoyed my time in Albany, but it was a tough inner-city school," he said.

Mr. Peck took over earlier this month from Stephen J. Todd, who took an administrative job with the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Mr. Todd spent his entire prior career with the Watertown City School District, first as a teacher and then as assistant principal. When Mr. Todd became principal, he was a familiar face for students.

Since he is coming to Watertown from Albany, Mr. Peck said, he wants to be visible and out of his office as much as possible: in the hallways between classes, in classrooms and at sports events.

Mr. Peck has spent his first month as principal meeting with teachers and looking at a lot of data. He and Mary-Margaret U. Zehr, the district's new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, have been working on ways to improve achievement levels among high school students.

Watertown High School was placed on the schools-in-need-of-improvement list under the No Child Left Behind Act last fall because English Language Arts testing results among students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students didn't meet state benchmarks.

Mr. Peck and Mrs. Zehr are coming into the district in the middle of the effort to raise academic achievement. The high school's quality review committee is working to implement strategies to improve test results and the graduation rate.

"There's no grace period for being new; we've got to get right into it," Mr. Peck said. "It's about taking the school from where it is now to where we really want to be. I see where we are now and where we need to be in five years, and I know how to get from point A to point B. I have full confidence that we'll get off the list."

When Mr. Peck was hired, Superintendent Terry N. Fralick said he was excited about the level of experience Mr. Peck was bringing to the high school.

And that experience dealing with teenagers comes from more than one place: at Albany High School and at home, Mr. Peck said.

"I have three teenage kids of my own," he said. "I'm working with the same population at home, and I know what they need. I think that dual role serves me well."

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