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BOARD PICKS HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

The Lockport School Board on Monday appointed a new high school principal.

Frank Movalli, an associate principal at the high school, will succeed Bruce Fraser, whose resignation is effective Aug. 7.

The appointment was among a stream of arrivals and departures that was observed at Monday's meeting. Among them, Superintendent Christine A. Neal attended her final board meeting before she retires from the position July 7. Neal and several retiring faculty and staff were honored at the meeting, while some newly tenured and newly hired faculty were welcomed.

Movalli, who has been with the district since 1996, will begin his new duties on July 1 and earn an annual salary of $80,000. He earns $71,961 a year in his current position.

Board President Charles Sobieraski said Movalli's familiarity with the district is a bonus.

"With five years of experience at the high school, Frank offers continuity and stability at a time of so many changes in the district," Sobieraski said.

Movalli, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Buffalo State College, taught high school science in the North Collins Central School District for 17 years before working with the Lockport district. The board has not yet appointed Movalli's replacement.

Meanwhile, Neal will be succeeded on an interim basis by Raymond Morningstar Jr. until a permanent replacement is found. Neal, who has been superintendent since 1996, was praised by board members as a very capable and efficient leader. Neal said she was retiring to spend more time with her husband, who retired from his job a decade ago.

"It is not easy separating myself from a community that has given me so much," she said.

The board also bade farewell to two outgoing members, David E. Blackley and John VanBenschoten. They will be replaced next month by Everly P. McDonough and John A. Linderman.

The board Monday approved a comprehensive code of conduct that is intended to meet new state requirements. The code, which was developed by a committee of educators, parents, community members and a student, spells out the limits of student conduct on school property and lays out penalties for violations.

The board also heard a presentation of the district's plan to incorporate character building into its curriculum by Susan Nablo, principal at DeWitt Clinton Elementary School. Nablo said the curriculum, which is also part of the new state Education Department requirements, was similarly designed by a local committee and will be implemented in September. It is an attempt to bring good character to the forefront of education and enlist the larger community's support of ideals.

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