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Madrid-Waddington replaces longtime principals

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MADRID – Madrid-Waddington Central School will welcome two new administrators in the fall.

The Madrid-Waddington Central School Board has hired two new principals to replace High School Principal Joseph L. Ruddy and Elementary School Principal Molly A. Pressey, who will retire at the end of the school year.

Mr. Ruddy has served the district for more than 30 years, starting his career there as an English teacher. He has been principal for more than 15 of those years.

“I spent my life here,” Mr. Ruddy said Monday. “I am really proud of the programs that we have and will continue to help them thrive for my remaining time here. I like to think I will never stop being a teacher.”

In addition to serving as principal, Mr. Ruddy has been actively involved the high school spring musical for several years, including directing this year’s production of Legally Blonde, which was performed in March.

“He has dedicated his life to this district, and we are glad he chose this district to serve out his professional career,” Superintendent Lynn M. Roy said. “He has been an outstanding advocate for students and staff, and he will be greatly missed.”

Bryan R. Harmer was appointed this month to replace Mr. Ruddy. For 22 years, Mr. Harmer has served as ninth- and 10th-grade global history teacher for the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District.

Mr. Harmer has also served as varsity boys’ basketball coach for 15 years and varsity boys’ baseball coach for four years.

Mr. Harmer in 2001 was named Class D Baseball Coach of the year, when his team won state’s Class D championship.

“Madrid-Waddington has a great reputation, a strong record of academic performance and a tremendous amount of community support,” Mr. Harmer said. “I am very pleased at the school district has shown confidence in me and trusted me to take over this position.”

Ms. Pressey, who is also retiring this year, has served the district for over 30 years. For 15 years she was a teacher for fourth, fifth and sixth grade. For three years she served as an assistant principal, and for 12 years as an elementary principal.

“It’s a wonderful place to start and end my career.” said Ms. Pressey. “We have a beautiful building, but it’s the people that make it special, and I will miss them all dearly,”

“As with Mr. Ruddy, Ms. Pressey started her teaching career here and has dedicated her life to her students,” said Mrs. Roy. “She has always acted in the best interest students. She is fun-loving and purposeful and believes in a quality education for all.”

Matt Daley was appointed in April to replace Ms. Pressey. Mr. Daley currently serves as the district’s academic intervention services coordinator and is a graduate of the district.

“Mr. Daley is very well rounded. He has a working and in-depth knowledge of district and the community, and is an advocate for students,” said Mrs. Roy.

Mrs. Roy said the selection process for candidates was competitive, and the district will be well served by its new additions.

“It’s a new era for Madrid-Waddington Central School, but we intend to continue the tradition of caring, compassionate leadership as we confront all the new challenges that are coming our way,” said Mrs. Roy.

Mr. Daley could not be reached for comment.

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