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Kristin Butler

A CCS Grad Herself, Principal ‘Dynamo,’ Superintendent Says

A CCS Grad Herself,

Principal ‘Dynamo,’

Superintendent Says

Kristin Butler Just What’s Needed

At High School, Crankshaw Predicts

Little did Kristin Wilhelm know on graduating from Cooperstown Central High School in 1999 that, as Kristin Butler, she would be elevated to principal 20 years later. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Kristin Butler today in the hallways of CCS, where she becomes principal July 1.

COOPERSTOWN – In second grade, Kristin Butler already knew what she wanted to do.

“I wanted to be just like Mrs. Kiser,” the new CCS junior-senior high school principal said in an interview this afternoon.  Deborah Kiser “was one of the kindest, most compassionate people I’ve ever known.”

Butler, CCS ’99, a SUNY Geneseo graduate, fifth-grade teacher locally and, for the past year, director of curriculum & development, will take the helm of the 444-student academy on Linden Avenue on July 1, succeeding interim principal Jim Brophy.  Her appointment was announced on Tuesday.

“We’re 100 percent thrilled that Kristin is going to be leading at the junior-senior high school level,” said her boss, Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw.  “We are looking forward to great improvement, and great success for her in that that role.”

Cooperstown Central Names Kristin Butler High School Principal

Cooperstown Central

Names Kristin Butler

High School Principal

Veteran Teacher, Administrator Succeeds Lucy
Kristin Butler

COOPERSTOWN – Kristin Butler, veteran Cooperstown Central School teacher and administrator, has been appointed junior-senior high school principal, effective July 1.

She will succeed Donna Lucy, who resigned last summer.  In the interim, Jim Brophy, retired Edmeston Central School principal, has filled the role.

A 1999 CCS graduate, Butler has served the district for the past 13 years in both instructional and administrative roles, most recently as the director of curriculum development & assessment.

At CCS, Curriculum Director Succeeds Executive Principal

At CCS, Curriculum Director

Succeeds Executive Principal

Kristin Butler
Kristin Butler

COOPERSTOWN – Veteran teacher Kristin Butler has been appointed director of curriculum, instruction & assessment, responsible for implementation of the Common Core in the Cooperstown Central School District.

The position replaces that of executive principal, created when Lynn Strang was recruited in 2013 to move the testing-base curriculum forward.  While she is departing at the end of the school year, Strang’s effort pushed CCS’ 2013 test results into the top 2 percent of schools in the state, winning a “Reward School” citation.

Butler has taught fifth and sixth grades at Cooperstown Elementary for the past nine years.  She is currently teaching fifth grade and serves as grade level chair.  Previously, she taught for two years at Fair Oaks Elementary in Henrico, Va.

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