District names new assistant principal at middle school and high school

James Ducharme
James Ducharme

The Schuylerville Central School District is welcoming James Ducharme as its new assistant principal for Schuylerville Middle School and High School. Ducharme was appointed by the Board of Education at its June meeting.

“I’m honored and extremely excited to become a part of the Schuylerville community. Over the first month in my new position, everyone has welcomed me and helped create a smooth transition,” Ducharme said.

In his previous position, Ducharme was a school counselor at Cohoes High School (2007-2015). During his time at that school, he also worked as summer school administrator (2014), represented the high school on the distance learning advisory committee, and assisted in coordinating an Alternative Learning Program that helps meet the needs of high risk high school students struggling academically, social and behaviorally to succeed.

While at Cohoes High School, Ducharme successfully implemented a number of programs to benefit students and parents, including a web-based database that assists students in their search for colleges and/or careers and a web-based Learning Management System to help strengthen internal and external communications. In addition, Ducharme served as coach for Cohoes’ varsity football team and was involved in the Cohoes Career Connections program.

Ducharme earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University at Albany, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Sage Graduate School and educational leadership and administration certification from The College of Saint Rose.

As a former school counselor he feels that many of his interpersonal and communication skills will be an asset in his new role as the 7-12 Assistant Principal.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with the students, parents, staff, and administrative team at Schuylerville to help further student achievement, growth, and promote the school district mission of; Schooling, Caring, and Succeeding.”