District fills pupil services, special education, diversity relations and food service positions

Following comprehensive search processes, Camille Harrelson will be the district’s next director of pupil personnel services and Elizabeth Pollock will be a committee on special education chairperson. Both appointments were made at the June 5 Board of Education meeting and are effective July 1, 2018.

Additionally, Matthew Grimes will be the district’s diversity relations liaison, a new position in a priority area, and Jeffrey Bradt will be food services director.

Camille Harrelson is currently the director of special education for the Granville Central School District, where she has served in a number of leadership roles, including as high school principal. The director of pupil personnel services (PPS) leads our student service areas and Special Education Department. Current PPS Director John Moskov is becoming assistant middle school principal.

Elizabeth Pollock is currently an instructional coach in the Troy City School District. She has served in a variety of instructional roles, including as a committee on special education (CSE) chairperson, summer academy principal and special education teacher in a number of settings. She is filling the vacant CSE position, and will be the chair for prekindergarten through 4th grade.

Matthew Grimes has worked as a teacher and in various other capacities in schools and community organizations locally and across the country. The diversity relations coordinator will serve as a resource for students, families and staff in this area that is an important part of the district strategic plan. Matthew will also begin his work with the district this summer.

Jeffrey Bradt is currently the food service director for the Albany County Department of Residential Health Care Facilities. He brings to the district’s Food Service Department a variety of public and private sector experience. He will begin on or before July 1.

All four individuals emerged from search processes for their respective positions that included multiple rounds of interviews and the involvement of many district stakeholders.

“We welcome Camille, Elizabeth, Matthew and Jeffrey to Niskayuna, and look forward to working with them as we work to continually advance teaching and learning and enhance student services and support in our district,” said Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.