Southern Cayuga elementary school principal named superintendent at Alexandria

Principal Chris Clapper is leaving Emily Howland Elementary School by the end of the year to take the top post at another upstate New York school district.

Clapper, who has lead the Poplar Ridge school for five years, will be the new superintendent for the Alexandria Central School District. His last day with the Southern Cayuga Central School District will be Dec. 27, and he will start at his new district the next day.

Clapper was well-known in the elementary school for bringing his standard poodle Archer, a certified therapy dog, with him to roam the hallways. He has said using time with the dog as a student reward has helped curb misbehavior.

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