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Assistant superintendent leaving Geneva schools

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Lawrence Wright has accepted a position as superintendent of Solvay Union Free School District.Wright announced his decision today. He will stay with the Geneva City School District until the end of January, joining the Solvay district in February.“It wasn’t a decision that my wife and I took lightly,” said Wright. “It was a difficult decision to make because of our ties here in the community, but at the end of the day I aspire to be a superintendent and this was an opportunity that we felt would be a good match; we felt like we couldn’t pass it by.” A Geneva native, Wright graduated from Geneva High School in 1995, as did his wife, Melissa Cecere. The couple has two daughters, Madeleine, 7, and Charlotte, 3.“This is a wonderful opportunity for Lawrence and we are extremely happy for him,” said Geneva City School Superintendent Trina Newton. “It will be a huge loss for Geneva, but an enviable gain for Solvay school. Lawrence has proven himself an outstanding member of the Geneva City School team in his time here. When I joined the district last January, I was immediately impressed by his skill and foresight in navigating the often difficult waters of education,” Newton continued. Wright’s many contributions to the district include helping Geneva High School regain its status as a school in good standing, securing more than $4 million in grants in the process. He has also been indispensable as the district faces the challenges of aligning itself with the new common core curriculum and teacher evaluation system, said Newton. Wright was also a driving force behind the district’s zero tolerance cell phone policy and the revised dress code, both of which have contributed to a more professional and positive culture in the schools, she said.“It reflects well on Geneva that one of our own is moving on to such a great opportunity,” Newton added.

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