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John Jay Guidance Director Accepts New Job in Scarsdale

Dr. Christopher Griffin will become an assistant principal at Scarsdale High School this fall.

Director of Guidance Christopher Griffin is leaving his position after four years to become the assistant principal at Scarsdale High School, the Katonah Lewisboro School District announced Thursday.

"We wish Mr. Griffin well in his new role and thank him for the contributions he has made to our high school students and the guidance department," said Superintendent of Schools Paul Kreutzer in a statement.

Griffin said he's leaving the school to learn more about educational administration.

"I'm leaving because I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to learn more about faculty evaluation, student management and building supervision," he told Patch.

During his tenure at John Jay, Griffin , and by board members and students alike.

Students including , John Jay's 2010 class salutatorian, and , whom Griffin helped design a humanities research project last year, singled him out  as a critical support to them in their high school careers.

"I have so enjoyed working with the students and families at John Jay and I will miss the community very much," said Griffin, in 2011.

Kreutzer said that the district will be conducting interviews in the coming weeks and would update the public on personnel developments.

The district is also conducting a search for an interim principal for the high school, Kreutzer said at the

in the district include Scott Persampieri as assistant superintendent for human resources, Nancy Kim as director of technology and Patricia Kristoferson as its next transportation supervisor.

Karen Sabath July 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM
This is indeed a HUGE loss for the students and the district. With the principal also having gone to Scarsdale, we need to wonder who else she will recruit and what further holes we will have in the high school. We need help.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Hi Karen, just to clarify, Ellen Doherty is headed to White Plains, not Scarsdale.
Karen Sabath July 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM
You're absolutely right. I should have said, with the principal having left, we need to wonder who else will leave and what further holes we will have. I am very concerned that these good people are leaving the school weaker.
Alan Sheptin July 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Dr. Griffin's loss is huge. He was an administrator who as accessible, down to earth, and a model leader. When I was working on my college counseling certification, he was gracious, open, and honest. He was very helpful, above and beyond what I would have expected. While I feel badly for our school, I feel worse for his team: they lost someone who I perceive to be an excellent boss. Dr. Griffin earned his Ph.D. under the supervision of a phenomenal leader himself, Matt Mandery, who teaches educational leadership at Hofstra. Coincidentally, Dr. Mandery was my high school math teacher who was universally adored by his students and the teachers he supervised. I am sure that Dr. Mandery provided many positive examples of educational leadership to Dr. Griffin. Dr. Kreutzer and the Board have a daunting task in front of them: having to find two integral leaders at the high school. Yes, people do leave for "greener pastures," and each has reasons why. I think a vitally important issue is finding a way to keep good people, rather than see them leave.

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