By REBECCA ISENHART
NISKAYUNA — A new official at the district office will be a familiar face thanks to his decades at Niskayuna High School.
Mark Treanor, assistant principal for ninth grade at Niskayuna High School, will transition to the district offices to take on the role of director of student and staff support services beginning Feb. 1.
Treanor, who was hired at Niskayuna 30 years ago as a special educator, competed with five other candidates from across New York state. A district in a news release said his work during his tenure at Niskayuna, including acting as building project liaison and designing the district’s first co-teaching model, made him the clear choice for the job.
Treanor said his three decades of work in the district will be an asset when he starts work early next month.
“There’s a lot of good people here, and we’ve had tons of change. It might be helpful to have someone in the district office with a little institutional history, and I do have that,” he said. “After a certain while, what you know becomes important.”
His duties will include communicating between students and the district employees who help them through tough times, including counselors, psychologists, social workers and speech therapists. He will also consult on a variety of other important functions, including hiring new employees, organizing student activities, administering athletics, and placing students.
Treanor said he is looking forward to the opportunity to make new connections in the district offices, but will miss the faces he’s gotten used to seeing at the high school.
“I’ve been coming to school every year for a long, long time now and I love these kids. I treat them like they’re my own,” he said. “Not having that daily interaction with the kids will be a real change for me.”
Treanor said he was considering retirement when interim Superintendent John Yagielski asked him to take part in the district’s reorganization by transitioning to a new position.
“I have a lot of faith in John Yagielski,” Treanor said. “I still have some gas left in the tank, so I’d be happy to help. Hopefully we can keep moving this district forward.”
The press release also noted that the new position, which was created at the beginning of the school year and has been filled by interim director Michael J. Dutkowsky until now, does not increase costs in the district budget.
Eva Jones, an English Language Arts teacher at the high school since 2000 and director of both the ELA and Social Studies departments, will fill the vacant assistant principal role on an interim basis until the district finds a replacement.