Bethlehem Central Science Supervisor Michael Klugman has been selected to be the next principal of the BC Middle School.
It's expected that the Board of Education will approve the appointment at its Wednesday, June 15, meeting, and it will become effective on July 1. Current BCMS Principal Sandra Morley is retiring at the end of the year.
A committee made up of teachers, administrators, support staff, a subject supervisor, a school board member and the central office administrators selected Klugman after two months of screening and interviewing applicants from around the state and beyond, according to information from the district.
\Mike's genuine passion for learning and his tireless advocacy for students make him an excellent choice for this role, Superintendent Michael Tebbano said in a statement. "He has done an excellent job leading our science program. Beyond that, he is one of the most community-minded people you will find. He's going to be a great principal."
Klugman and his wife Amy, a Bethlehem Central elementary teacher, live in Bethlehem. Their three children also attend BC.
Klugman said that since coming to BC four years ago, he has been impressed with the BCMS staff's child-centered focus, not just when it comes to meeting academic benchmarks, but also in ensuring the social and emotional development of students of Middle School age.
"To work with this staff and preserve the integrity of our program during the most turbulent time that education has seen in twenty years is an opportunity and a challenge that we will excel at as a result of the exceptional people at the school already," Klugman said in a statement. "Bethlehem Middle School has been a quiet leader among middle schools in New York State and it is my privilege to continue this excellence forward."
Prior to becoming the district's science supervisor four years ago, Klugman was the science coordinator and a building administrator in the Mohonasen Central School District. Before that, he taught science at William S. Hackett Middle School in Albany.
Within the district, Mike serves in leadership roles with the district's Green Team and the Community and Alumni Endowment Fund. He is also the outgoing president of the Capital Region Science Supervisors Association, and a member of the Board of the Pine Hollow Arboretum in Slingerlands.
The search for Klugman's successor as science supervisor will begin immediately.""