F-M High School announces change in leadership

F-M High School will have new leadership in the 2023-24 school year, as Dr. Raymond Kilmer takes the next step in his educational career outside of the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.

After serving as the F-M High School Building Principal since 2010 and as the Executive Principal for the last seven years, Kilmer was appointed by the Oswego City School District’s Board of Education as their new Superintendent of Schools, effective Sept. 18, 2023. Kilmer’s final day at F-M High School will be Sept. 17.

Dr. Kilmer began his educational career as a student teacher at F-M High School before serving as one of the building’s three assistant principals from 2007 to 2010.

“It is a bittersweet time for us at F-M as we will miss Dr. Kilmer’s passion and enthusiasm in leading the high school, as well as his unique knowledge and history of school district practices,” said Dr. Craig Tice, Superintendent of Schools. “We know that Ray is excited about the challenges that lie ahead for him in leading the Oswego City School District. I am confident that he will do a fine job in his new position.”

During the 2023-24 school year, the district will conduct a search for a new building principal at the high school.

This summer, the district began a search for two assistant principals at the high school following the promotions of Patrick McNamara as principal of Mott Road Elementary School and Stephanie Rice as the grade 7/8 Junior High Principal of C.S. Driver Middle School in the Marcellus Central School District.

The F-M Board of Education recently appointed Paula Kopp and Mary Ann Murphy to serve as interim assistant principals for the start of the 2023-24 school year.

Kopp has a wealth of experience in K-12 administrative positions, including having previously served as interim assistant principal at Wellwood Middle School and interim principal at Eagle Hill Middle School.

Murphy, a long-time member of the Tully Central School District community, has experience as a high school principal and assistant principal and previously served as interim assistant principal at Eagle Hill Middle School before recently completing an interim assignment at F-M High School this spring.

The district expects to fill the assistant principal positions at the high school before the end of August.