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Lanigan Gets New Principal Days Before School Opens

A new leader has been appointed to head Fulton’s Lanigan Elementary School and he has just days to get up to speed before the building fills with students and staff.

Robert Briggs. Photo from the Mexico Academy and Central School website.
Robert Briggs. Photo from the Mexico Academy and Central School website.

Fulton’s Board of Education Tuesday appointed Robert Briggs to be Lanigan’s Principal.

The current Principal, Dan Johnson, was promoted Tuesday night to head the district’s special education efforts.

Briggs is leaving his job as Principal of Mexico Elementary School to return to Fulton, where he began his career as a teacher at Volney Elementary School in 2003.

He also served an administrative internship in the district at Fairgrieve Elementary and with the district’s alternative education program.

Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch said he was pleased and excited to be able to bring Briggs back to the district.

Dan Johnson. Photo from the Fulton City School District website.
Dan Johnson. Photo from the Fulton City School District website.

Johnson was appointed Principal at Lanigan in February, 2008.

His appointment is part of a continuing expansion of special education services within the district.  The district has taken back from BOCES special education classrooms, saying that the services of equal or better quality could be delivered at a lower cost locally.

This year, only 40 of the 525 students with disabilities who live in the district will be educated outside of the Fulton school district.

Lynch said that the cost of expanding special education services has been paid for from savings realized by bringing programs back into the district.

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