Elizabeth Voegler

Staley leader to resign

Published May 18, 2017 at 11:56am

The resignation of Staley Upper Elementary School’s principal and the appointment of a new assistant principal at Strough Middle School were addressed by the Board of Education Wednesday night.

The agenda included the resignation, effective June 30, of Staley Principal Elizabeth Voegler. Meanwhile, Jennifer Pouliot was approved as Strough assistant principal effective July 1.

• Voegler is resigning because of personal family reasons, school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said.

Voegler through June will continue to help in the conversion of Staley to a grade K-6 school, including working with the building’s staff, said Blake. Staley currently hosts all of the district’s fifth and sixth graders, but will become one of six K-6 schools under a realignment approved last month by the school board.

Voegler has been at Staley since December 2014.

• Pouliot was appointed probationally as Strough assistant principal at a $74,000 salary, for a term including July 1 this year through June 30, 2021. She succeeds Kristen Ball, who is resigning June 22 for family-related reasons.

The resolution was amended to include the word “probationally” at the request of board
member Jacqueline Favata.

She said the public may not understand it is a probationary appointment. Blake said the probationary status is a “given,” based on the term dates. Board President Paul Fitzpatrick said of the amended resolution that he saw “no reason to do it, and no reason not to do it.”

Favata told Pouliot, who was at the meeting, that her requested amendment had nothing to do with Pouliot personally. She told Pouliot “I’m very proud and happy you’re joining us.”

Pouliot has been an elementary teacher in the Canastota school district for 12 years. She walked before the board’s meeting table and was congratulated by each member after her assistant principal appointment.