Guilderland seeks pair of principals

Drumm, born and raised in Guilderland, said she is ready to spend some time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

"My career has gone full circle. My time here at Westmere Elementary has truly been the highlight of my career," she said.

She said the collaborative environment has been a pleasure, and she enjoyed her time a great deal.

She offered a word of advice to her successor: "Always value teamwork. Everyone's opinions are important."

Severance said she is planning a meeting with the faculty and other district officials Thursday, Feb. 5, to discuss what characteristics they are seeking for both positions.

"Do they need a high level of excitement, or quiet leadership skills?"

Severance said. "We're looking for someone to provide strong leadership and be a stabling influence at the high school."

She said sometimes you need a "spark" and sometimes you do not necessarily need to shake things up when changing leadership roles.

Westmere was recently awarded the honor of the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award, and Severance said it is one of the best elementary schools in the area.

"I want to keep the positive momentum going," Severance said.

She said the district will be searching for a principal that maintains that standard of excellence.

"As a district, what we are looking for is someone who is an instructional leader," Severance added.

She said both positions call for someone child-centered and up on current trends and strategies to better teach students, not simply a manager.

"It's easy to find someone who can run a building, she said. "We need someone who understands the instructional process." ""

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