After three years as principal of Granville High School, Lisa Meade is stepping down to take a position as assistant director of special education for the Schenectady city schools.
“My original plan was to retire from Granville,” she told NYVTmedia.” However, sometimes the universe has other plans for you. The opportunity at Schenectady city schools came about, and for professional and personal reasons, I was up for the new challenge and opportunity it will afford my family and me.
“With a heavy heart, I am leaving Granville High School, the district, and the wonderful community that has become such a big part of my life,” she said. “I am humbled to have served such a special community; It has genuinely been one of the greatest honors of my career to help our high school faculty, staff, and students, who are nothing short of amazing.
“As difficult as it is to leave my post, the new opportunity Schenectady City School District has offered allows me to follow my passion. I look forward to being a champion of change in my new role.”
Granville superintendent Tom McGurl emailed NYVTmedia his sentiments of gratitude to Meade and her work in and out of the high school.
“I want to thank Mrs. Meade for her three years of hard work, dedication, and service to the students and staff of Granville. Please join me in wishing her the best in this next chapter of her career,” McGurl said.
Meade said she will “miss being a fabric of the building”, learning the respective stories and backgrounds of the students that graced the halls and being part of a team that came together every day “to do what was needed and to do it to the best of our abilities.”
When looking back at her tenure as principal, Meade was able to take part in several clubs and initiatives that improved opportunities and school culture for students.
“I take great pride in all that was accomplished during my time here. I am especially proud of the Telescope Lab Classroom, Unified Basketball, the GED/TASC program, Desks for Dads, applying to be part of the Individual Arts Assessment Pathway through NYSED, expanding courses on the distance learning network, and our bi-weekly meetings as a school support team to review students in need,” Meade said.
“I am also proud of our ability to maintain a solid graduation rate over the last three years despite all Covid threw our way.”
While acknowledging many businesses and members of the community that stood out to her, including School Resource Officer T.J. Zovistoski, Hicks Orchard, NYVTmedia, the Granville PTO, Telescope Casual Furniture Inc. and more, Meade said it all comes back to the students.
“Granville students are some of the best students I’ve ever worked with in my entire career. I am also incredibly proud of how the building, as a faculty and staff, came together to work cohesively over the last three years. This was especially evident during the pandemic,” Meade said. “I would be remiss not to extend my sincere gratitude and admiration to the faculty, staff, students, and parents who supported me over the last three years.”
Going forward, McGurl laid out the process of filling the void left by Meade’s departure.
“The vacancy at Granville is currently posted. We will follow the same process as has been used in the past,” McGurl said.
“Qualified candidates will have an initial interview with committees made up of faculty, staff, parents, administrators, and students. The second round of interviews will be with our director of human resources (Diane Graney) and me. The final interviews will be with the Board of Education. The post closes on July 8. We plan to have all of the interview process set up in advance, to be sure we are ready to begin interviews right away.”