New Cayuga Centers school principal tries to connect with students

Ron Gorney, principal for the on-premises school at Cayuga Centers, once pinpointed a chink in a student’s angry exterior by saying his daughter has the same first name.

Gorney — a former Casey Park Elementary School principal who took over the school at the Auburn agency in May after Phyllis Price retired — said he was surprised by how quickly the student went from angry to benign when he tried to speak with her.

“As soon as I made a personal connection with her, her scowl turned into almost a smile. It gave me shivers. It was like ‘Holy cow,'” Gorney said.

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