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Frankfort-Schuyler district principal to receive regional honor

Posted 3/26/22

FRANKFORT — Melanie Welch, Principal of the Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School will be honored with the 2022 Greater Capital Region Principal Center and the Capital Area School Development …

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Frankfort-Schuyler district principal to receive regional honor

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FRANKFORT — Melanie Welch, Principal of the Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School will be honored with the 2022 Greater Capital Region Principal Center and the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Principal of the Year Award on Wednesday, April 13, at the CASDA Annual Awards Dinner being held at Franklin Terrace in Troy.

This annual award is given by the Greater Capital Region Principal Center and CASDA recognizes a principal for exemplary leadership qualities (highlighted by the unique challenges of the pandemic) who has made a difference in the lives of their students.

First given in 1991, this award’s criteria are based on the “Professional Standards for Educational Leaders” that endorse the qualities of effective educational leaders who promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

Welch is described as enthusiastically embracing any challenge put before her. Her leadership is characterized by willingness to take on any task for the good of the students, staff, school and the community. She was instrumental in launching the first-ever Summer Enrichment Program for the district, officials say, which served a total of 144 students throughout the summer of 2021, ranging in age from four to 12-years-old. This program helped children stay connected and continue learning over the summer months.

During the current school year, Welch is the coordinator for the “first” After-School Exploratory Enrichment Program. This program serves 100 elementary students, and includes 10 district teachers. These 10 teachers volunteered to participate in this program, demonstrating the type of school culture Welch has created, officials said.

Superintendent of Schools Joseph Palmer wrote, “Mrs. Welch inspires everyone around her, both her students and her staff. She has a warm, friendly, inclusive personality. She is often seen out spreading kindness.”

The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), a non-profit organization, is upstate New York’s premier educational technical assistance center. For more than 70 years, CASDA has served educators and students in more than 100 New York State school districts.

CASDA’s mission is to serve as a catalyst, convener, community developer and capacity builder for educators and the communities they serve.

CASDA engages educators and their school communities in addressing challenges and embracing opportunities to create positive, lasting academic and social outcomes for students.

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