Leighton Principal Heading To Sunshine State

OSWEGO, NY – Principal Dr. Larry Schmiegel of Leighton Elementary has reportedly taken a new job in the Monroe County School District in Florida.

Superintendent Mark Porter, in a press statement, said he is pleased to announce his recommendation for the new principal at Poinciana Elementary School – Dr. Larry Schmiegel.

“Dr. Schmiegel was selected from an outstanding group of applicants that included qualified individuals from the Monroe County Schools and from the State of Florida,” he said.

The selection process was led by Dr. Ramon Dawkins, executive director of human resources and included two rounds of personal interviews that involved stakeholders from the school and community.

Previous to serving as the principal at Frederick Leighton, Dr. Schmiegel was a building level administrator in the Syracuse City School District, with additional administrative experience in the Kingman Unified School District in Kingman, Ariz.

Dr. Schmiegel was out of the office until Thursday morning.

Oswego Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

According to a press release from the Florida school district, Dr. Schmiegel said, “I am excited to enter this new chapter in my professional life. I have studied the accomplishments and opportunities at Poinciana and I am confident that the staff and myself working together can bring about the continued improvement that is needed for the students and families of the Poinciana community.”

“Dr. Larry Schmiegel has the qualifications and experience to take Poinciana Elementary School to the next level of excellence. His leadership and passion for improving student achievement are well suited to meet the needs of students and staff at Poinciana” Superintendent Porter added. “I’m excited to see what he will do with this new leadership opportunity.”

Dr. Schmiegel is anticipated to begin working as early as July 18 or as soon thereafter as possible in light of the challenges of his relocation.

He has submitted his letter of resignation. However, no resolution has been acted on by the OCSDS board.

The Oswego district has posted the job opening.


  1. These administrators just jump from position to position. Salary chasers. Pick a community and show your loyalty by remaining.

  2. Why should they stay? The Oswego district has a history of hiring individuals that are not local, not involved in the community and only care about the money. If the district took a serious look at local candidates for administrative positions it would find many caring, dedicated and community committed individuals.

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