Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District Appoints New Secondary Principal



The Parishville-Hopkinton Central School Board of Education appointed Mr. Steven Coffin to serve as the secondary school principal, effective on July 1, 2019.  


According to Superintendent Dr. Bill Collins, “Mr. Coffin has a reputation for being fair-minded, even-handed, and having a positive rapport with students and staff. He brings with him a wealth of experience and will have a positive impact on our school.”


Coffin has served as middle school principal in the Gouverneur Central School District since 2012 where he supported the education of 460 students and supervised 40 instructional staff and 15 support staff. He previously served as BOCES Regional Summer School principal, and International Baccalaureate coordinator at Massena Central School. Coffin began his educational career as a middle school science teacher in the Gouverneur Central School District in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Masters in Education Administration, and Certificate of Advanced Studies, all from St. Lawrence University.


The appointment at the March 25th Board meeting marked the conclusion of a long and thorough search process. Nineteen individuals applied for the position, and two finalists were eventually presented to the Board. A selection committee of twenty representatives made up of students, parents, teachers, non-instructional staff, administrators, and Board of education members spent many hours screening candidates' applications. This committee narrowed the list down to 5 candidates who were then sent on to an interview panel, also comprised of students, parents, teachers, non-instructional staff, administrators, and board members.


“We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Coffin to the Panther family and look forward to achieving great things for our students at Parishville-Hopkinton,” said Superintendent Collins. “After a long and thorough search process, I am confident we have found the right fit for our district.”