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Brian McCann resigns from Scotia-Glenville school board

Scotia-Glenville Board of Education member Brian McCann left his position earlier this month after serving for a year saying it was difficult to balance his new position as principal of Guilderland High School with the needs of the board.

I had planned to retire this month, but the head principal position became vacant. I decided to interview, and here I am now. I feel the needs of principal of a high school such as Guilderland will be such a priority that I won't be able to devote the type of time and commitment that the Scotia-Glenville district deserves, said McCann at the board's Monday, June 8, meeting.

Communications Director for Scotia-Glenville Robert Hanlon said the district has three options to fill the seat: hold another election within 90 days, name a replacement and let that person complete the next year and run for the remaining year of McCann's seat, or leave the post empty until either next May's election or the end of McCann's term in 2011. Hanlon said it is not likely the district will hold another election, but would likely appoint someone to the seat.

McCann has been with the Guilderland Central School District since 1991, most recently serving as interim principal. Prior to that, he taught social studies in Canton and Chittenango for 12 years. His ties to Scotia-Glenville include coaching Highland Soccer, Tartan Basketball, Tartan Lacrosse, and Scotia-Glenville Little League.

He and his wife, Susan have several children in the district.

McCann said he ran for a school board seat because he felt he needed to give back to the community that has given a lot to his family. During his one year on the board, the district passed full-day kindergarten and put together a $27 million building proposition. The proposition was turned down by voters last December and replaced with a scaled-down version just last month. Voters also re-elected last month John Yaglieski and Gary Normington, who ran unopposed for a second term each.

In other district news, the board recognized retiring teachers and non-instructional personnel. Staff included Regina Cabrera, foreign language teacher; Susan Campbell, art teacher; Wanda Colyer, remedial reading teacher; Anthony DiCocco, physical education teacher; Dana LeGere, payroll audit clerk; Irene Trudell; and Deborah White. Recognition was also given to the Class of 2009 and outstanding student leadership students Meghan Adams, James Brown IV, Hannah Carroll, Wilson Cheung, Brianne Kehoe and

Daniel Stevens. The honorees were given a small reception at the meeting.

The next meeting will be held 7 p.m., Monday, June 22, at the middle school.

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