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May 3, 2017

Canton - Father Douglas J. Lucia, pastor of St. Mary's Parish has announced the appointment of Michele Meyers as new principal at St, Mary’s School for the fall of 2017.

Several new initiatives for the 2017-18 school year have also been announced.

Mrs. Meyers has recently retired as the Director of Special Education for Canton Central School, where she has also taught in special education and elementary general education.

In addition, Mrs. Meyers has been Director of Special Education and Elementary Principal in Massena,
Prior to her tenure in public schools, she was Director of Religious Education for St. Mary's and St. Thomas More Newman Parishes in Canton.

Mrs. Meyers earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and elementary education, along with a master's degree in special education from SUNY Potsdam. Mrs. Meyers has also received a Certificate of Advanced Study and a Master's degree from St. Lawrence University in Education Leadership.

She holds permanent New York State certification as both an Elementary Teacher and Special Education Teacher, and a School District Leader.

New initiatives
Some of the new initiatives for the next school year will be:
•The appointment of a Family Catechist (formerly Director of Religious Education) who will oversee and direct both the school and parish Christian Formation programs focusing on getting families more involved in parish and school life.

• Beginning Sept.1, St. Mary's Latch Key will become a year-round program both morning and afternoon with services being provided during school and summer vacations.

• This summer St. Mary's School will be receiving a new interior look and the school is seeking volunteers to help with this endeavor. Included will be a new paint job meant to capture a child's imagination, a computer lab, renovated office space, a new faculty room, and an office and storage space for the Family Catechist.

• St. Mary's School is now accepting registrations for Pre-K through Grade 4 and will be offering a 5% early registration discount through Monday, May 15.

Father Lucia, said that the changes are meant to make St. Mary's School even more "Christ-centered, Family-focused, and Values-oriented".

He expresses his gratitude to Mrs. Meyers for her accepting the charge to oversee this overhaul of St. Mary's School program.

Father Lucia is grateful also to Miss Pamelia Neal, the current principal for all she has done to foster the mission of St. Mary's School and is looking forward to her return as the second grade teacher for the 2017-18 school year.

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