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Falls School Board promotes ex-principal to human resource post

Philip Mohr, the former chief educational administrator at Niagara Falls High School, officially took charge of the city school district's Human Resource Office late last month.

The Niagara Falls Board of Education promoted him to the post of acting administrator for human resources, boosting his annual salary from $112,416 as a principal on special assignment to $114,283.

Mohr is replacing Human Resources Director Esther Isler Hamilton, who retired last month. She still remains on the district payroll, but only because she is using up vacation time the district owes her, school officials said.

Come June, Mohr will have the full title of director.

Mohr was taken out of the high school and placed in training for the human resources position as a principal on special assignment in September. He was replaced in his old job at the high school by Mark Laurrie, a high school building principal who worked under him for three years.

Mohr started working for the district as a special-education teacher in 1975. He also served as the chairman of the district's special-education department in 1986-87, while he was still a teacher. He became an administrator in 1988, when he was named vice principal at Harry F. Abate Elementary School, where he stayed for two years until he was made vice principal at LaSalle Middle School for the following four years.

After that, he was made principal at LaSalle Senior High School from 1995 to 1999, before taking over as chief educational administrator at the new Niagara Falls High School when it opened in September 2000.

Hamilton came to the district in 1991. She previously had worked at D'Youville College, Buffalo, and before that as a special-education teacher with the Lewiston-Porter School District.


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