LISBON - Ogdensburg native and Massena Central School High School Principal Patrick J. Farrand has been tapped to be the new grade 5-12 principal at Lisbon Central School.
Mr. Farrand has held his position at Massena Central since 2010 and before that served as the district’s assistant high school principal.
Past educational jobs include Supervisor of Instruction and Program Development at St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Norwood; middle-high school science teacher at Morristown Central School; high school science teacher at Indian River Central School and middle-high school long-term substitute science teacher at Edwards-Knox Central School.
He is a 2005 graduate of the State University of New York Potsdam, and a 2007 graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton with a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.
Mr. Farrand, who lives in Lisbon and has children attending primary school in the district, said the $87,000 annual salary he will be paid at Lisbon central is the same salary as he is making in Massena. He said the move is not a financial one.
“It’s not about making money, it’s about making a difference in the community to me,” Mr. Farrand said.
Lisbon Central has approximately 650 children in grades kindergarten through 12, a much smaller district than Massena Central, boasting more than 900 students in grades 9-12 alone, according to Mr. Farrand. He said the smaller district will afford both challenges and opportunities that don’t exist in his current role as high school principal in Massena.
“It’s exciting,” Mr. Farrand said. “It’s nice to know I will have a smaller group to focus on. My premise for being in education is to build relationships.”
He added, “There will be some different challenges being in a smaller district. I’ll get a broader perspective. There are new challenges and there will be some constraints because of the numbers,”
Mr. Farrand said he already has a familiarity and strong affinity for Lisbon, partly because he grew up in nearby Ogdensburg, and also because he was a student teacher at Lisbon Central when first starting his educational career.
“I grew up in the Burg, born and raised,” Mr. Farrand said. “I currently reside in Lisbon and have kids in Lisbon. “I’m excited to get to know the community in a different way and to figure out what their needs are.”
In addition to a masters degree from St. Lawrence University, Mr. Farrand also holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from St. Lawrence University, a master’s degree in education from SUNY Potsdam and a certificate of advanced studies in educational administration from St. Lawrence University.