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North Salem names top administrators at middle/high schools

Vincent DiGrandi

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Former Mahopac Middle School Principal Vincent DiGrandi will take the helm next month of North Salem’s combined middle and high schools, the school board voted this week.

The veteran administrator succeeds Dr. Patricia Cyganovich, who retired as the schools’ principal this spring along with Dr. George Bovino, the assistant principal. Both had served for 30 years. 

“In our education world, that’s pretty much unheard of,” DiGrandi said of their extended tenure.
Dr. Kathleen Murphy, who was named to the post last month, will succeed Bovino. And in another Monday vote, Dr. Stephanie Bell was appointed assistant principal of the Pequenakonck Elementary School. 

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The board’s vote on DiGrandi came at its annual reorganization meeting Monday, July 10. With a pair of 4-3 votes, trustee Andrew Brown was elected board president and trustee Jennifer Binette its vice president, outpolling trustee Paul Giamundo and vice president Deborah D’Agostino, respectively.
Brown, in one of his first official acts, welcomed DiGrandi to the district and told a handful of onlookers in the school library, “I think you’ll be happy with our choice.”  

DiGrandi, who has been principal of the Mahopac Middle School since 2013, sat in a front-row seat as the board formally approved his hiring. He will assume his $180,000-a-year North Salem post on Aug. 15. 

When school opens in September, students can expect to see a lot of their principal. “It’s about visibility,” he said in a brief interview after the board meeting. “I’ll go through a pair of shoes—guaranteed. I like to do a lot of walking around.”

As principal of the combined schools, DiGrandi will oversee some 670 students, from sixth-graders through high school seniors. DiGrandi relishes the prospect of working with such a broad range of students.

“I have both middle school and high school experience, so that in part is what attracted me to this job,” he said.

Before coming to Mahopac as its middle school leader four years ago, DiGrandi had worked in the Wappingers Central School District for more than six years, starting in 2007 as the assistant principal of John Jay High School in East Fishkill. He went on to serve as both an elementary and middle school principal in Wappingers.
 

DiGrandi, a Bethel, Conn., resident, emerged from a field of more than 100 candidates. His assistant principal, Murphy, was a science teacher in North Salem schools.
chools’ principal this spring along with Dr. George Bovino, the assistant principal. Both had served for 30 years. 

“In our education world, that’s pretty much unheard of,” DiGrandi said of their extended tenure.
Dr. Kathleen Murphy, who was named to the post last month, will succeed Bovino. And in another Monday vote, Dr. Stephanie Bell was appointed assistant principal of the Pequenakonck Elementary School. 

The board’s vote on DiGrandi came at its annual reorganization meeting Monday, July 10. With a pair of 4-3 votes, trustee Andrew Brown was elected board president and trustee Jennifer Binette its vice president, outpolling trustee Paul Giamundo and vice president Deborah D’Agostino, respectively.
Brown, in one of his first official acts, welcomed DiGrandi to the district and told a handful of onlookers in the school library, “I think you’ll be happy with our choice.”  
 

DiGrandi, who has been principal of the Mahopac Middle School since 2013, sat in a front-row seat as the board formally approved his hiring. He will assume his $180,000-a-year North Salem post on Aug. 15. 

When school opens in September, students can expect to see a lot of their principal. “It’s about visibility,” he said in a brief interview after the board meeting. “I’ll go through a pair of shoes—guaranteed. I like to do a lot of walking around.”

As principal of the combined schools, DiGrandi will oversee some 670 students, from sixth-graders through high school seniors. DiGrandi relishes the prospect of working with such a broad range of students.

“I have both middle school and high school experience, so that in part is what attracted me to this job,” he said.

Before coming to Mahopac as its middle school leader four years ago, DiGrandi had worked in the Wappingers Central School District for more than six years, starting in 2007 as the assistant principal of John Jay High School in East Fishkill. He went on to serve as both an elementary and middle school principal in Wappingers.
 

DiGrandi, a Bethel, Conn., resident, emerged from a field of more than 100 candidates. His assistant principal, Murphy, was a science teacher in North Salem schools.
 

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