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New Peekskill High School Principal Named

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Peekskill City School District Board of Education has appointed Frederick Hutchinson as the new principal of Peekskill High School, effective July 1.

The district announced the appointment in a statement released Friday morning. Hutchinson will replace principal Sherrill Murray-Lazarus , who is stepping down at the end of this school year.

Hutchinson currently is the director of reading and gifted for the district. He was appointed to that position in spring 2011 following an assignment as an English and reading teacher at the high school.

Prior to his work in Peekskill, Hutchinson served as a school improvement specialist at the Eastern New York Regional School Support Center, where he developed educational programs and assisted with improving differentiated accountability standings in public education. He previously taught English in the Cairo-Durham School District, where he was named Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006 by the area’s Rotary Club. He also taught English in the Ichabod Crane Central School District.

Hutchinson has a B.A. degree from SUNY New Paltz in secondary education and English, an M.S. degree in literacy grades 5-12 from SUNY Albany and a certification in Education Leadership from the College of St. Rose in Albany.

“Fred Hutchinson will bring much-valued knowledge, energy and passion to the administration of Peekskill High School,” said Superintendent of Schools James Willis in Friday's statement. “He knows our students and faculty well, and I am confident that he will provide strong educational leadership for our school community.”

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