June 9, 2011
Michael Klugman to be named principal of Bethlehem Central Middle School
Current BC Science Supervisor Michael Klugman will be the next principal of Bethlehem Central Middle School.
The appointment will be formally made at the June 15 Board of Education meeting, and will be effective July 1. Current BCMS Principal Sandra Morley is retiring at the end of this year.
A committee made up of teachers, administrators, support staff, a subject supervisor, a BOE member, and the central office administrators selected Klugman after two months of screening and interviewing applicants from around the state and beyond.
"Mike's genuine passion for learning and his tireless advocacy for students make him an excellent choice for this role," Superintendent Michael Tebbano said. "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 Bethlehem Central.
Klugman said that since coming to Bethlehem Central 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. "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.